Hearts v Celtic: Date and kick-off time confirmed – This one is going to be a cracker of a cup-tie

This one is going to be a cracker of a cup-tie – and now we know when it will take place.

Celtic will face Hearts in the Scottish Cup Quarter Final on Saturday, 11 March, with a 12.15 kick-off at Tynecastle, with the game shown live on Viaplay – or what was previously Premier sports.

There were some concerns as to when this game would be scheduled, with only 600 yards separating Tynecastle and Murrayfield Stadium and Scotland due to be on Six Nations duty against Ireland in Edinburgh on Sunday 12 March.

There was never any chance as a result that the games would be played on the same day, in what will now be a busy weekend sporting weekend for Scotland’s capital city.

22nd October 2022. Greg Taylor scores the wiining goal during the cinch Premiership match at Tynecastle. Photo Neil Hanna / Sportimage

Indeed, having the opportunity to watch both live would be pleasing to Scottish and Irish fans alike and perhaps a few who had already booked to head to Edinburgh for the rugby will be able to secure a ticket to watch the Hoops 24 hours earlier.

Celtic booked their place in the Quarters with a thumping 5-1 win over St Mirren at Celtic Park in the fifth round, having seen off Morton in the previous round.

Now after two home fixtures Celtic face arguably one of the toughest away trips on the football calendar, and with this being a winner takes all one-off cup game, the chances of an open – and no doubt ferocious game – awaits us all.

Daizen Maeda left celebrates with Celtic s Reo Hatate after Celtic’s third goal of the game during the cinch Premiership match at Tynecastle on Saturday October 22, 2022. Photo Jane Barlow

By the time the game comes around we’ll also know if Celtic will remain on course for a Scottish domestic treble, with the League Cup Final scheduled for Sunday 26 February against Scotland’s newest club.

A victory in that fixture would ensure the visit to Tynecastle becomes all the more important, as Celtic look to ensure all three domestic trophies take pride of place in the Parkhead trophy room.

And the Hoops support will also be looking forward to an increased allocation of tickets for this tie, with SFA rules stating Celtic are entitled to up to 20% of the stadium capacity, meaning the Celtic away support could once again be filling the Roseburn Stand at Tynecastle, rather than the paltry allocation received for league games at the ground in recent times.

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As a Bellshill Bhoy I was taken to my first Celtic game in the summer of 1987. It was Billy McNeill’s return to Celtic Park as manager and Celtic lost 5-1 to Arsenal . I thought I was a jinx, I think my Grandfather might have thought the same. It was the finest gift anyone ever gave me when he walked me through Parkhead's gates.

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