The SPFL have provided an explanation as to why Celtic v Hibs next month has been moved to a Monday night.

Celtic and Hibs were due to meet on Saturday, January 9, but it has been rescheduled to Monday, January 11. It’s a move covered in controversy as the Edinburgh club state they had not agreed to the change.

Hibernian v Hamilton Academical (Ladbrokes Premiership)

Not happy. (Photo by Bruce White / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster was left ‘fizzing’ by the news. The change has been put in place as Celtic are going to Dubai on a winter training camp in the New Year.


Now the SPFL director of operations, Iain Blair, insists policy has always been to give favour to the hosting club in situations like these

He says Hibs were told of the change before it was made public knowledge: “Discussions between Celtic FC and Hibernian FC had taken place about the Celtic v Hibernian league match originally scheduled for Saturday January 9th.

Hibernian v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

The pair meet next month. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Celtic wished to move the fixture from its scheduled time, to another slot that weekend. When the two clubs could not reach agreement, I received a request from Celtic FC to move their home match against Hibernian FC to Monday January 11th.

“I took the request to the SPFL board, noting that Hibernian FC objected to the move.

“However, as the proposed date change fell within the same Friday – Monday fixture slot, and was made by the home club, I informed the SPFL board that my intention was to agree to the request.

18/05/14 SCOTTISH LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL 2ND LEG.EAST FIFE v STIRLING ALBION.BAYVIEW - METHIL .SPFL chief excutive Neil Doncaster (left) and Iain Blair.

Blair has explained the decision. (Photo by Gary Hutchison/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“As has been the case for 22 years, SPFL policy, where two clubs do not agree about a fixture change and in the absence of any other relevant factor, is to favour the home club.

“Both Celtic FC and Hibernian FC were advised of the change more than an hour before the decision was made public, with no adverse comment being received from Hibernian FC ahead of publication.”

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