Why is Rangers vs Celtic on a Sunday? Many frustrated fans have been keen to know after details about the Scottish Cup Semi-Final emerged.
Michael Beale takes on Ange Postecoglou at Hampden Park once again on Sunday 30th April, after the pair only recently met in the Scottish League Cup final on Sunday 26th February.
Many Rangers fans on Twitter bemoaned the fact they once again have the Sunday slot.
So, why is Rangers vs Celtic on Sunday while Inverness and Falkirk get the Saturday slot? Let’s take a look…
Why is Rangers vs Celtic on a Sunday?
Well, Rangers vs Celtic is on a Sunday simply due to the fact ViaPlay were given the Sunday slot, whereas the BBC were handed the Saturday.
Understandably, ViaPlay opted to show the Old Firm instead of Inverness vs Falkirk – with all due respect to those two sides – as the clash between Rangers and Celtic is likely to bring in more viewers.
ViaPlay has the Sunday TV slot and first pick of games.— James (@jamesblack1986) March 16, 2023
Of course, it is frustrating for supporters who want to go out and celebrate in the event of a win, but cannot let loose too much with work looming on Monday morning.
However, in the era of modern football, TV broadcasters hold all the power, and seem to have little care for what the supporters would prefer.
For some, the Sunday slot will work better depending on work arrangements and other potential commitments – not everyone can be kept happy, as is the case with many things.
Ultimately – regardless of the date – this is a must win fixture for Rangers and Beale.
Barring a severe collapse by Celtic in the Scottish Premiership – who still sit nine points clear – the Scottish Cup represents the last chance Rangers have to win any silverware this season.
If Beale oversees another Old Firm defeat at Hampden Park, it would also most likely result in another treble for Celtic, which those at Ibrox will surely hear about all summer long if it does happen.