Rangers Scottish Cup tie this weekend with Celtic looks set to be moved after the Scottish FA confirmed talks were ongoing with stakeholders after the funeral of Prince Philip was scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
The Light Blues are due to welcome Celtic to Ibrox at 4pm next Saturday but with the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh starting an hour earlier, it is almost certain to be moved – likely to the Sunday.
The Scottish FA said in a brief statement that they will “update participating clubs, supporters and partners in due course” with new dates and times, with the EFL having already moved their slate of fixtures on the Saturday.
Hibernian face Stranraer at 1215 with four other Scottish Cup ties due to kick off at 3pm, and moving all six games to the Sunday seems the most likely option – even if it causes chaos for broadcasters and clubs.
With a midweek card of Premiership fixtures scheduled and the quarter-finals of the cup due to take place the following weekend, it doesn’t leave much scope to move the games and avoid a clash with the Royal funeral.
Aberdeen v Livingston is already scheduled to be shown on Sunday afternoon at 2pm by Premier Sports meaning the Old Firm is likely going to have to be slotted in around that.
With less than a week until the games are due to be played, the SFA will need to move quickly.