For many reasons Sunday’s Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Hearts will be different from any other. The game is being played in December rather than May. There will be no fans in Hampden Park. That is two of the game’s biggest factors taken out.

Now Hearts have confirmed in a statement on their website that should they pull off a Scottish Cup triumph, then the celebrations will be muted compared to years gone by.

No traditional post-game celebrations

The statement reveals that in accordance with Scottish Government and the Joint Response Group rules, the ‘traditional post-game celebrations’ will not take place should Hearts win the cup. Presumably that means the team will lift the trophy and then go straight down the tunnel, as there are no fans to celebrate with.

Hearts players celebrate at Tynecastle after winning the Scottish Cup in 2012

Hearts players celebrate at Tynecastle after winning the Scottish Cup in 2012 (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Often when teams win the cup they go back to their stadiums to celebrate, and fans are sometimes waiting. That isn’t going to happen this year either. Hearts have confirmed that ‘the team will not be travelling back to Tynecastle Park’ if they win the cup.


Victory parade will not take place

Perhaps most upsetting for the fans is that ‘there will be no victory parade in the foreseeable future’. That event is very important for fans of teams outside of Glasgow. Unfortunately for Hearts fans, it won’t be happening this time.

Hearts of Midlothian - Scottish Cup Final Trophy Parade

The Hearts Scottish Cup victory parade in Edinburgh in 2012 (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Finally, the Hearts statement ends with a plea to supporters. ‘On the advice of Police Scotland and supported by the Club please do not travel to Hampden Park and please, no matter the final score, do not gather at Tynecastle Park’ it reads. Advice that everyone should take heed of in this bizarre football year.

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