Just when it looked like a solution was being reached, Celtic’s Betfred Cup match with Hearts may not go ahead at Murrayfield.
Celtic have decided that they don’t fancy the nick of going to Murrayfield. Or, at the very least, not without some kind of draw to see who plays in Edinburgh and who plays in Glasgow.
The SPFL and Police Scotland are set for crunch talks on the final solution for the Betfred Cup semi-finals. Since then, the SPFL come under heavy fire for a ridiculous decision made last week to play both matches in the same day at the same stadium.
Since then, the police have expressed their concerns on the matter and want to change the planning. They will meet with the SPFL in the coming days to thrash out a new way forward (or so we hope).
It was thought that Hearts vs Celtic, the second drawn semi-finalists, would move to Murrayfield. For some odd reason, however, Celtic don’t automatically want their fans inconvenienced by having to go to Edinburgh.
Forget the fact that Hearts have to travel to Glasgow, or Aberdeen need to make the three-hour journey south. For some reason a one-hour trip to Edinburgh is too much hassle for Celtic to put on their supporters.
Old Firm have capital followings
Also forgetting the fact that Celtic and Rangers both have a sizeable following in the capital, it would hardly be an inconvenience. Instead, Celtic want a ballot to determine who goes to Murrayfield and who plays at Hampden.
With the incompetence of the SPFL on full show recently, it’s important to let the police talk sense into them. Moaning about who plays at Murrayfield really shouldn’t matter. The important aspect of the matter is that at least one tie gets played there and we avoid this Royal Rumble-like scenario at the end of the month.
Celtic are making a bigger deal out of playing at Murrayfield than is necessary. They’ve played on it in the past and their fans turned out in decent numbers on those days. Travelling to Edinburgh is hardly a massive inconvenience if we’re all being honest with each other.
Not to forget all the complaining the Parkhead side have done about the Hampden turf over the years. They’re not its biggest fan, and seem to moan about any turf that isn’t their own.
If the SPFL do decide to have a draw and make it Rangers vs Aberdeen at Murrayfield? So be it, it’s hardly a big deal.
Rangers fans will travel there regardless and get on with it. Celtic should just do the same.