The likes of Celtic and Scottish Rugby have rejected the chance to host the Scottish Cup final this season, meaning it will be played without fans at Hampden Park (Daily Mail).

Rumours had circulated that while Hampden would host no fans as the ground is handed over to UEFA for preparation work ahead of Euro 2020 matches in Mount Florida, Celtic Park, Ibrox or Murrayfield could provide an alternative.

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Celtic Park, Ibrox or Murrayfield could have been Hampden alternatives. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Scotland is easing its way back to normality and National Clinical Director Jason Leitch said over the weekend that 500 fans could be hosted inside stadia if it was moved to somewhere like Celtic Park.

But Celtic, Rangers and Scottish Rugby have all knocked back requests to host the showpiece event, meaning Dundee United, Hibs, St Johnstone and St Mirren fans won’t get to see their teams contest the semi-finals or the final live.

Hibs face Dundee United while St Johnstone play St Mirren in this year’s final four. It’s the first time since the 1940s that neither Celtic or Rangers have made it past the quarter-finals in both cup competitions, Hibs, St Johnstone and St Mirren involved in the League Cup semi-finals alongside Livingston.

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