Rangers could find themselves playing in the final of the Scottish Cup before the Premiership campaign is over after it was confirmed that the Hampden showpiece will take place on the weekend of May 8 next year.

The Cup final is usually the final game of the season but will take place a little earlier next year as a result of Hampden being used as a host stadium for the European Championships.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 08: General view outside the stadium prior the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier match between Scotland and Cyprus at Hampden Park on June 08, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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SPFL secretary Ian Blair confirmed the dates ahead of the new season as clubs were warned of potential fixture congestion later in the season.

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“In terms of the end of the season and the Euros, the Euros are going to start on June 11,” he told BBC Sportsound.

“We’ll be finished long before then. Our football normally finishes in the second last week of May – it’ll be one week earlier in season 2020/21.

“We’ll be finished by the middle of May. That’s to allow for the playoffs after the end of the season and that’s to allow for the Europa League and Champions League Finals, then you’re into the June international break.

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“The one impact it has had that we expected it to have – we planned for this in 19/20 and planning for it again – is that Hampden is clearly a venue for the Euros.

 

“There is a stipulation in the agreement to use Hampden that it has to be free from all football for a considerable period before those first games.

“So, the Scottish Cup Final – and this I do know, despite the stuff going on – will be on the weekend of May 8.

“We will have to fixture rounds after that. The Scottish Cup Final will not be the final fixture of the season.

“We’ve had that before, when we had the UEFA Cup here, we’ve had it for occasions.”

GLASGOW - MAY 4: Rangers players celebrate winning the cup after the Tennents Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers played at Hampden Park, in Glasgow, Scotland on May 4, 2002. Rangers won the match and cup 3-2. DIGITAL IMAGE.

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The League Cup is expected to kick off later and possibly only feature some of the 42 SPFL clubs as they try to get the season crammed in.

It was also confirmed that there will be no winter break for Premiership clubs this season as the SPFL and Scottish FA continue to work on the upcoming season’s schedule.

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