Aberdeen attacker Niall McGinn itching to face Celtic in the Scottish Cup

By David Walton

March 31, 2020

Aberdeen’s Niall McGinn has pleaded with the SFA to allow his side’s Scottish Cup clash with Celtic to go ahead.

The future of the season hangs in the balance with UEFA set to hold a video call tomorrow (Wednesday April 1st). During the call, which the SFA will be present in, new potential avenues to complete the season will be discussed.

As of right now, there is no further clarity on what will happen to the campaign. However, given the seriousness of the epidemic and the swift nature with which it’s taken a grip on the UK, it’s not out of the question that we’re unable to complete it.

Niall McGinn wants to face Celtic (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But speaking in the Daily Record, McGinn has urged the authorities to let the Scottish Cup play out even if the league can’t:

“The Scottish Cup is separate from the league, so regardless of what decision the SPFL make, the cup competition should get finished, even if that means the semi-final against Celtic is our first game back.

“That has to be the hope anyway.”

No need to fear after previous Maxwell comments

McGinn doesn’t really need to concern himself. After the first UEFA video call two weeks ago, SFA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell told the BBC the following with regards to the Scottish Cup (17/03, 18:10):

“The Scottish Cup is slightly different because it’s three games. We will be able to find a gap for them. We will be able to fit them in. They’re so important to the football calendar. 2020 goes on for a bit of time yet, so if we wanted to try and get them played then I’m sure we’ll be able to do that.”

If that’s not confirmation that the games will go ahead then what is? However, it also suggests that the SFA are open to playing the competition at any stage in 2020.

Celtic celebrate winning the Scottish Cup (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

That could mean that we have to wait until August or September to get the cup back underway. It would be unprecedented stuff, but it would certainly capture the imagination.

In any case, we shouldn’t worry about our place in the Scottish Cup being deemed void. After all, it means far too much to the SFA for them to just bury the competition for a year.

McGinn doesn’t need to panic. However, when it comes to the game between Aberdeen and Celtic itself, that’s may be a different story.