Rangers’ Scottish Cup clash with Celtic this weekend will take place at 3pm on Sunday it has finally been confirmed after it was moved to avoid a clash with the funeral of Prince Philip – and Gers fans on Twitter are far from impressed.
The two sides were due to have met on the Saturday afternoon but after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral was organised for 3pm on Saturday, the entire fixture card for this weekend was thrown into turmoil.
Updated fixture details for this weekend's Fourth Round ties have now been confirmed.
— Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) April 12, 2021
With all games being played to a finish – and the FA Cup also taking place this weekend, broadcaster Premier Sports were scrambling to fit the games in without putting the Scottish Cup ties at an automatic disadvantage.
Aberdeen’s tie with Livingston will go head-to-head with Chelsea v Man City on Saturday night, having been moved from the Sunday afternoon to the Saturday evening slot – with Rangers v Celtic moving into the Sunday afternoon.
As the Gers look to secure a domestic double and add the Scottish Cup to the Premiership title that’s already been won, putting Celtic to the sword this weekend is one that fans have been looking forward to since the draw was made.
Rangers fans on Twitter were far from happy with the rearranged time and were quick to voice their disappointment on Twitter after the changes were confirmed.
Here are some of the comments from Rangers fans after the match details were finally confirmed:
Absolute shambles @PremierSportsTV
— Craig Swift (@TopFenceClimber) April 12, 2021
Working Sunday 🤢🤢🤢🤢
— Chaz (@WATPcs4) April 12, 2021
What was the point in having Rangers/Celtic swap days with Aberdeen/Livi? Should have just moved the kick off 90mins into that 1730 Saturday slot.
— Martin McDade (@MartinMcDade85) April 12, 2021
The fact I got a shift swap for it to be moved to the day I’m off anyway😅 https://t.co/vmr8iXmJiU
— Rangers Zone (@Rangers_Zone) April 12, 2021
Mind-boggling decision to swap us with Aberdeen. Surely an explanation required here? @ScottishFA putting the majority of fans last, yet again.
— Blue Sea Apparel (@blueseaapparel) April 12, 2021
— Caleb McDowall (@Caleb13McD) April 12, 2021
— Ryan Stewart (@Razged1990) April 12, 2021
Whilst the game is set to be moved to accommodate the funeral, the behaviour of Celtic fans at the weekend is evidence as to why it’s probably best it doesn’t take place on the same day.