Supporters an afterthought as Scottish Cup Final looks set for early start

It’s been reported that the Scottish cup final, the showpiece cup of this country has been shelved to a lunchtime kick off to avoid clashing with the FA cup final between Manchester City and Manchester United. It’s not ideal for the Celtic and Inverness Caley Thistle support.

Even more so for the Inverness fans who have to travel down from the Highlands, and the many Celtic supporters who travel in numbers from Ireland, England and further afield. Fans an afterthought as usual

Of course the Manchester Derby Final is going to the bigger attraction, no one is disputing that, but it’s not to the Celtic and Inverness supporters and that’s the folk who should matter.

The FA Cup Final has been a 17.30 kick off the last few years but now it’s been pencilled in for a traditional 3pm kick off thus the clash with our showpiece.

Fair enough viaplay and the BBC don’t want a clash for fear of a drop in viewing figures but there is more than one way of coming to a compromise other than slotting it into the nonsensical noon kick off. There’s a number of solutions available.

Check out Daizen at the end of the line…

What about the 17.30 kick off? Even a 19.45 kick off? Move it to Sunday 3pm? All much better and smarter options than a lunchtime kick off. This is our showpiece final and we as supporters deserve better, our game deserves better. The powers that be at viaplay and BBC Scotland should get round the table and thrash this out, it’s not that difficult.

JustAnOrdinaryBhoy – follow on Twitter @ordinarybhoy

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

1 Comment

  1. Comrades, I’ve been following this news item since the FA Cup Semi finals produced a Man Untd v Man City Final
    The fact the FA has plumped for a 15.00 KO at Wembley, has also forced the Horse Racing fraternity to re arrange the running of the Epsom Derby to an unheard of 13.30 start.
    Our National Football Cup Final is well down the pecking order, in the world of TV scheduling. John H. Hail Hail