No Fans To Attend This Year’s Scottish Cup Final

Scottish football was given a boost yesterday when Jason Leitch suggested that their may be a return of fans for this season’s Scottish Cup Final in a “gateway event” concept to trial supporters being in Hampden Park stadium prior to hosting the Euros this summer. However, the BBC’s Chris McLaughlin has just tweeted that there will not be fans in attendance at this year’s Cup Final due to preparation work being undertaken in the stands by Euro2020 staff.

The news comes as a crushing blow to the competition and supporters in Scotland.

If Covid-19 restrictions are lifted to the point that supporters would be permitted to return then one would think that it would make sense to facilitate their attendance at the national cup final. With Celtic and Rangers facing each other in the next round, one of Celtic Park or Ibrox would be useful without giving undue advantage to any team (if either makes the final), meanwhile stadia outside of Glasgow would be a good option to explore.

Perhaps moving the venue is not feasible for other reasons, though the full details of this have not yet been explained. We will update on further news as it comes through.

In the meantime, Celtic must focus on navigating their fourth round tie at Ibrox next weekend.

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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