The likes of Aberdeen and Hibs could reach the Scottish Cup final – and it should be played somewhere like Celtic Park to ensure fans get to see it says Sir Kenny Dalglish.
It has been confirmed that there will be no fans for this year’s final as traditional venue Hampden Park is given to UEFA to start planning for Euro 2020. Up to 12,000 fans are set to attend Scotland’s match with Czech Republic in June and Dalglish believes hosting a Scottish Cup test event at Celtic Park or elsewhere should be considered.
He said (Sunday Post): “I could not hide my disappointment when I heard that no fans will be allowed inside Hampden Park for the Scottish Cup Final on May 22. And yet, only a couple of days earlier, I was on a high when it was confirmed by the Scottish Government that our National Stadium would be operating at 25% capacity for the Euro 2020 fixtures.
“To think we’ll have around 12,000 fans in for our games against the Czech Republic and Croatia is absolutely brilliant. But then I came crashing back down to earth with a bump. I’m angry that allowances can’t be made by UEFA to hand Hampden Park over for the showpiece Final.
“I mean, the Final is 23 days before the opening Euro fixture in Mount Florida between Scotland and the Czechs on June 14. Does Hampden really need to be handed over on May 14? Can allowances not be made to stage the Final of a 147-year-old competition?
“With proper communication and some forward planning, we can still make the Scottish Cup Final a spectacle for fans to be inside a stadium. With Rangers hosting Celtic at Ibrox on Saturday in the Fourth Round, we know there will not be an Old Firm Final. That means that at least Ibrox or Celtic Park will be available, if not both. Given Holyrood’s concession for the Euros, that would allow upwards of 10,000 fans being allowed in.”
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