Celtic Park may feel pretty unfortunate not to have been asked to host next year’s Scottish Cup final. The showpiece clash will still be held at Hampden Park but it’s been moved forward by a fortnight.
That’s because of the National Stadium also hosting four Euro 2020 matches later in the summer.
The move is a bit of an inconvenience for the Scottish football calendar and won’t have gone down well with traditionalists. So could Celtic Park have helped out?
A fitting venue
Playing the game at our glorious home would have allowed the match to be played in its usual end-of-season timeslot. Having the cup final after the end of the league season is an important tradition and one that should be maintained at all costs.
Awarding the showpiece clash to Celtic Park may have received negativity and calls of bias from some quarters. However, that didn’t stop the SFA from playing the game there a few years ago. In 2014, St Johnstone beat Dundee United 2-0 in front of over 47,000 fans and the occasion was considered an overall success.
Using our stadium would allow up to 10,000 more fans to see the big match. That’s a big deal with tickets often at a premium for such big occasions.
If they wanted to go a step further they could even have played the game at Murrayfield. Scotland’s home of rugby holds over 67,000 when full and provided a fitting stage for our Betfred Cup semi-final against Hearts last year.