The League Cup fiasco continues to rumble on as the league supremos look set to backtrack on the original plans to play both semi finals on the same day at Hampden. Either the Rangers Betfred Cup semi against Aberdeen or the Hearts match with Celtic is likely to played at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.
All three of the other clubs have spoken out, with Celtic apparently demanding a draw takes place to see who will play at either ground.
Pressure from Hearts, Aberdeen, the Police and just about everyone else in Scotland forced the rethink. Rangers so far have remained tightlipped. But will this mean we get a raw deal?
The truth is, I don’t think Rangers particularly care. To move Edinburgh club Hearts to Glasgow to accommodate Celtic’s wishes seems obtuse. For Aberdeen, a later kick should ensure they sell their allocation.
For Rangers and their fans I don’t think it particularly matters. A day out in Murrayfield is an enticing prospect and we will take as many as we’re allowed to Edinburgh.
There are issues with Rangers and Hearts fans clashing or passing each other on public transport. If Hearts were to play Celtic at Hampden on the same day, there would be a swell of people moving in both directions.
The Hampden semi suits Celtic in a blatant power move and to be honest, if it gets their goat up, it might just be worth securing that one instead. To them, Murrayfield is a home match for a team that regularly gets the better of them.
But that’s what Hampden is for Celtic.
Rangers will play what’s in front of them
The truth is, I don’t think Rangers are all that phased – unless of course we ended up getting a really late kick off on the Sunday. Gerrard was tight-lipped on the old arrangement, I expect the same on this one.
The only real complaint is the distraction and how poorly handled the entire thing has been. It’s not about where it’s played. Rangers Betfred Cup hopes rest solely on making it past a stubborn Aberdeen team.
Whether in Edinburgh or Glasgow, that will be the focus.