Broadcaster schedule presents Rangers Celtic hurdle as hoax flyer causes confusion
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Premier Sports schedule presents Rangers Celtic hurdle as hoax flyer causes confusion

The upcoming Scottish Cup Old Firm clash between Rangers and Celtic is set to be moved for the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip next weekend – but there’s some confusion about how Premier Sports will do it.

Fans had got excited about the prospect of facing off against each other all the way into early Saturday evening after Premier Sports had scheduled the match for 4pm on Saturday the 17th of April.

The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, is set to take place at 3pm Saturday 17th April. (Photo by Alastair Grant – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

But with the Prince set to be laid to rest at 3pm on the same day, the SFA are said to have “entered dialogue” regarding the situation and will update clubs and fans “in due course” [SFA].


The English Football League is taking similar tact and has already announced that matches will not be in conflict with the funeral of the Royal, who passed away this week aged 99.

However, it is not clear when these fixtures are set to be moved to [Sky Sports].

Similarly, it is not clear when Rangers’ tie with Celtic will be moved, if at all, with the Premier Sports schedule for next weekend’s Scottish Cup coverage presenting its own difficulties.

At present, the broadcaster has also scheduled in coverage of Aberdeen’s clash with Livingston at Pittodrie, which is set to take place at 2pm on Sunday 18th April.

There has also been some confusion regarding a hoax flyer on Twitter which appears to have hooked some fans on the social media platform.

A flyer – produced in the style of Premier Sports – claimed that the kick-off had been moved to 7:45 pm on the Friday evening. This is of course completely unsubstantiated.

As it stands there has been no official change to the kick-off time for the match but the SFA are sure to announce their next steps before too long.

Meanwhile, Rangers fans have been applauding one Scottish Premiership rival boss for his comments about the currently vacant manager’s job at Celtic Park.

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