Once more this season bad weather has decimated Scottish football. The Scottish Cup second round has been almost completely wiped out.
Whilst in the Premiership, the Dundee United-St Johnstone game was postponed after two pitch inspections. That must be particularly disappointing for United. Today’s game was going to be a tribute to former manager Jim McLean. As the Tweet below reveals, the pitch hadn’t completely thawed out. Therefore, the game was cancelled.
After a pitch inspection by the match referee, today’s game has been postponed due to a small area of the pitch still not being sufficiently thawed out. The rearranged date will be announced in due course. pic.twitter.com/ysDlI7UgOx
— Dundee United FC (@dundeeunitedfc) January 9, 2021
Two games are still going ahead in the Premiership, Kilmarnock-Hamilton and St Mirren-Motherwell. The Livingston-Ross County has been switched to tomorrow in an attempt to give Livingston’s pitch more time to recover from the bad weather.
Many cup ties off
As for the Scottish Cup, many second round ties have been postponed. As reported by BBC Sport, 12 cup ties have been postponed.
Only six games have received the go-ahead to play. Kelty Hearts moved their game against Stranraer to Raith Rovers’ ground, and changed the kick-off time to this evening in order to ensure that the game was played.
Meanwhile, Airdrieonians switched their game against Edinburgh City to tomorrow afternoon. Interestingly, Dundee’s game against Bonnyrigg Rose this evening goes ahead. Even though their neighbours across the road, Dundee United, had to call their game off.
Last thing the governing bodies would have wanted
With COVID-19 causing problems for teams, the last thing the SFA and the SPFL would have wanted is a host of cancelled fixtures.
Unfortunately that is what has happened. That could lead to a fixture pile-up for teams in the weeks and months to come, as the weather continues to play havoc with Scottish football. Hopefully no more games are cancelled this weekend.