The Scottish Cup semi-final draw has opened up an intriguing conundrum for the SFA. Inverness will play either Hearts or Partick Thistle in April, in a game meant to be played at Hampden Park.
If Thistle shock Hearts in the replay to reach the semi, then the game should be played at Hampden. However, should Hearts, as expected go through, the game should be played at Easter Road.
It makes sense for the game not to be played in a venue that will be at least a two-thirds empty. Inverness boss John Robertson has even admitted that the most fans Inverness will take to the game is around 3,500. It could be even less than that if the game is a lunchtime kick-off.
Should the game take place at Easter Road then at least three quarters of the stadium would be sold out with Hearts fan, with Inverness given a stand behind the goal.
The SFA isn’t always known for making sensible decisions. However, it makes all the sense in the world to move the cup tie away from Hampden should Hearts defeat Partick.
Even if only for how the game will look on television. An almost full stadium is far preferable to an almost empty Hampden.
Chances are, the SFA will decide to play the game at Hampden Park. They really should consider Easter Road as an alternative venue though, and fans of both Hearts and Inverness would agree.