Rangers look set to face Hearts in the semi-final of the League Cup on November 3rd at Hampden – but with Celtic due to play Hibs there 18 hours earlier, the SPFL should revisit their arrangements for the semis.
According to the Scottish Sun, the SPFL have finalised their plans for the two semi-finals however it would make more sense to have one game take place at Hampden and the other at Murrayfield with both games kicking off at the same time.
Last season saw Celtic take on Hearts at Murrayfield so hosting one of the games there this season would mean a return for one of them – although with Celtic playing Hibs in the other semi it wouldn’t really make much difference.
All four sides are in action on the Wednesday night before the semi-finals with Rangers and Celtic back in European action the following Thursday.
Scheduling both semis at the same time – or even staggering kick-off by a few hours on the same day – would go a long way to help both sides perform to their best in what will be the final group game for each, and potentially decide their fate in the Europa League.
There may be certain ‘political’ factors which mean any move is a non-starter but having both games on the same day at two packed stadiums would make for a fantastic selling point for Scottish football.
If the Rangers game was moved across the M8 to Murrayfield, you can be sure the Gers support would sell out their allocation of the 67,000-seater stadium.
Rather than having two games spread across the weekend – and inevitably leaving at least one set of fans furious – the SPFL should instead revive last season’s Murrayfield plans and give everyone involved a level playing field.