Celtic v Hibs has been moved to a Monday night – leaving outgoing Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster fuming.

The clash at Celtic Park was due to take place on Saturday, January 9, before being moved to a peculiar Monday, January 11 slot with a 7:45PM kick-off.

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Hibs play Celtic next month but controversy has already risen. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

An SPFL statement suggested that this was agreed after a ‘club request.’ But Dempster has hit out, saying it was moved without the consent of the Easter Road club.

She says that this confirmation did not come from Leith, news since breaking that this is to allow for Celtic to take in their winter training camp in Dubai, despite their being no official winter break.

 

Hibs’ chief executive said: “Apologies to our supporters and our head coach. This was done without my knowledge – we said no to the original request from Celtic because the request didn’t work for our club.

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Dempster isn’t happy about the situation which has seen the January fixture moved about.
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“The SPFL appears to have agreed this without a call to the decision makers at our club. We are fizzing about this.

“(SPFL) know I am leaving soon (ish) but they still have my mobile number so a call should have been easy to do – or Graeme Mathie (sporting director) or even to our Chairman.

“Not good enough. Move to Monday without asking us?”

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