SFA chief tried to pull off late Ibrox move after Rangers blow - report
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SFA chief failed in bid to shift major event to Ibrox following Rangers' elimination - report

SFA chief Ian Maxwell failed with a late bid to move the Scottish Cup final to Ibrox following Rangers’ elimination from the competition, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Gers exited the Cup on Sunday evening at the quarter-final stage, losing on penalties to St Johnstone following a 1-1 draw AET.

Rangers were knocked out of the Scottish Cup by St Johnstone on penalties. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It was a bitterly disappointing defeat for players, staff and supporters alike, as Steven Gerrard’s wait for a cup triumph continues.

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The finals and semi-finals are, as usual, set to take place at Hampden. However, with UEFA requirements around Euro 2020 ensuring that the ties must be played behind closed doors if they take place in the national stadium – despite restrictions being relaxed by then – there have been calls for the final to be moved elsewhere.

According to the Scottish Sun, SFA chief Maxwell actively tried to move the match to a number of venues, including Ibrox.

Celtic Park, Tynecastle and Murrayfield were all also potential alternative venues but the bids have proven to be unsuccessful.

That’s because while Rangers, Celtic and Hearts are all now out of the competition, they each have work planned at their respective grounds immediately after the completion of the league season.

SFA chief Maxwell reportedly tried to switch the final to Ibrox following Rangers’ Scottish Cup exit. (Photo by Rob Casey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, it’s asserted that the Scottish Rugby Union turned down the request to use Murrayfield due to a clash with Pro 14 fixtures.

Therefore, the final will go ahead without fans at Hampden as planned on 22nd May.

Rangers will no doubt be keen to put their Scottish Cup disappointment behind them and to finish their league campaign on a positive note over the coming weeks.

Fixtures against Celtic, Livingston and Aberdeen await, and after the Dons clash on 15th May, the squad will finally get their hands on the Premiership trophy.

Meanwhile, a £20m striker has shown off his new Rangers shirt on social media.


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