SINCE THIS STORY WAS PUBLISHED THE SFA HAVE PROVIDED AN UPDATE REGARDING THE KICK OFF TIME.
THE MATCH WILL TAKE PLACE AT 3PM ON SUNDAY 18TH OF APRIL
Updated fixture details for this weekend's Fourth Round ties have now been confirmed.
— Scottish Cup (@ScottishCup) April 12, 2021
A leading tabloid newspaper in Scotland is claiming that Rangers’ weekend visit of Celtic in the Scottish Cup is set to be moved to Sunday.
The Ibrox club was originally set to welcome Old Firm foes Celtic to Glasgow’s southside at 4pm on Saturday the 17th of April as part of Premier Sports’ coverage.
This had plenty excited with the prospect of a late afternoon kick-off an exciting one for many supporters.
However, following the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip and the subsequent scheduling of the Prince’s funeral talks are now underway regarding this kick-off.
Prince Phillip is set to be laid to rest at 3pm on Saturday the 17th of April, a time which clashes with the Rangers v Celtic match at Ibrox.
According to the Daily Record, Premier Sports are likely to broadcast the match at 12pm on Sunday the 18h of April – a more familiar time for supporters – but the situation remains complicated enough.
As it stands Premier is also set to broadcast Aberdeen’s tie with Livingston at 2pm on Sunday afternoon – with the threat of extra time and penalties at Ibrox.
Not only that but Premier Sports are also reportedly keen to screen six live Serie A matches over the weekend.
Hibs’ match with Stranraer – set to be screen live on BBC Scotland this weekend – is also reportedly set to be moved from the Saturday to the Sunday with the kick-off time of 12:30pm remaining the same [Daily Record].
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.