Why nobody should applaud this change of heart
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SPFL don't deserve credit for Betfred Cup solution

So there we go – the SPFL’s Betfred Cup decision is set to be scrapped and replaced with a new solution.

Talks are set to take place between the organisation and Police Scotland over a changing of scheduling. Instead of Hearts vs Celtic being played at Hampden, that tie could instead be switched to Murrayfield. Rangers’ clash against Aberdeen could therefore get pushed back to 12:30.

Let’s all stand up and give the SPFL a big round of applause for going back on their previous decison. In fact, don’t bother.

What were the SPFL thinking about in the first place? (Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

There are several reasons not to give the SPFL one iota of credit for any potential change. The first being that this is a situation that is being called into question by the police. Nobody at the SPFL appeared to see anything wrong with it to begin with. The incompetence of the organisation was laid bare with the ridiculous decision to play both matches at the same ground on the same day.

Everyone and their granny had been calling for at least one of the games to be moved to Murrayfield. It appears that even Police Scotland are in that bracket also.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said that the police have taken public scrutiny into account. Therefore, the police force want fresh talks with the SPFL to discuss the plans.

Mass criticism

Hearts and Aberdeen were two of the clubs who came out and criticised the original plan (even if all Aberdeen cared about were train times).

Another reason not to be too praising of the SPFL is because a primary one could’ve avoided this in the first place. The decision originally made was so reckless, dangerous, and incompetent that it got everyone furious.

There is no recovering from a decision like that. The SPFL pretty much scheduled a day for a potential fatal four way between all clubs in Glasgow. It was going to be like a game of Fortnite in the town centre. Only now, and once more thanks to the police, could there be something done about it.

Andy Halliday and Rangers will take to the field at Hampden this month (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

No matter what happens after these talks with Police Scotland, the SPFL come out of this looking terrible. Their whole handling of the situation has been so naive that it’s worrying for the future of our game.

It’s also important to remember that they haven’t even given it the go-ahead yet. Only after the talks with the police will we know whether the SPFL has come to their senses.

Let’s be honest though, would anyone even be surprised if we see news in a day or two about the situation staying the same? We certainly wouldn’t.

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