Jason Leitch says that Celtic v Hearts in the Scottish Cup final next month could take place in front of spectators – but only if it’s moved into a tier area that is able to host supporters.

Currently, Celtic and Hearts are set to do battle at Hampden Park in the 2019/20 final less than a week before it Christmas. At present, it will be behind closed doors.

Celtic v Hearts may be in front of no fans.

Celtic v Hearts may be in front of no fans. (Photo by Ben Banks)

Several council areas are in tier four restriction environments at present, which is a situation similar to lockdown earlier this year. Fans can’t attend stadiums at this level.

Clubs such as Elgin City, Inverness and Ross County have been allowed 300 fans at their stadiums, with each club in a tier one area.

Professor Leitch says the final being played in one of these localities could open the door for  a cup final with fans (BBC): “I think that’s a matter for the football authorities.

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Hope from Leitch. (Photo by Ken Jack/Getty Images)

“The rules are that you are allowed small numbers of supporters in level one areas.

“If there was a football game in one of those local authorities, they could hold a small crowd.”

Both sides will look to pick up form ahead of next month’s final. Celtic and Hearts have been eliminated from the League Cup at the last 16 round, put out by Ross County and Alloa respectively.

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