In an incredibly unlucky date clash, Celtic may not be able to celebrate the treble treble at Celtic Park.
Celtic’s convincing 3-0 win over Aberdeen yesterday has set up a mouth-watering date with Hearts at Hampden next month. A victory there would secure a first-ever treble treble in Scottish football history.
The match at Hampden will take place on May 25th. As is the norm with Scottish Cup finals, it’s set to take place at 3pm. Therefore, the match, assuming extra-time and penalties don’t occur, will finish just before 5pm.
Assuming Celtic come out on top in the contest, they won’t be able to take an open-top bus back to Parkhead. This is what happened last year. Memorable pictures of the bus heading down the Celtic way continue to be iconic.
Unfortunately, however, the Guinness Pro 14 final is being held at Parkhead that same day. Rugby fans will be heading into the stadium for a 6:30pm kickoff. Therefore, an open top bus parade similar to last year isn’t likely to be possible.
A replacement date must be set
That doesn’t mean that Celtic can’t have the bus parade on another date. Despite that, however, it will likely frustrate many that they likely aren’t able to celebrate the monumental achievement on the day similar to last year.
Celebrations will be aplenty should the Hoops come out on top. Unfortunately, this incredibly unfortunate date clash will mean the Parkhead party will surely be postponed.
Celtic, of course, can’t look past Hearts in the final either. The Hoops have already lost to the Jambos this season at Tynecastle. Their last defeat in Glasgow to a Hearts side was a 2012 Scottish Cup semi-final clash, with Craig Beattie scoring the winner for the Tynecastle side.
The Hoops have enjoyed 3-0, 5-0, and 2-1 successes over Craig Levein’s side this season, however. More pertinently, the 3-0 success came in cup competition as Celtic knocked Hearts out of the Betfred Cup back in October at Murrayfield.
Hopefully, victory will be ours once more at Hampden in May, and Celtic can indeed have that bus parade at some stage.