Scottish FA Chief Executive Ian Maxwell has taken part in an interview with broadcaster STV this evening, suggesting that the remaining 2019/20 Scottish Cup fixtures could be played in 2021.
Celtic were due to take part in a semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden before the suspension of football in the country, with the other half of the tournament contested by Edinburgh sides Hibernian and Hearts.
Unlike the Scottish Premiership, the SFA have yet to call time on the tournament and are insisting it will be played at some point.
However, they want fans to be in attendance and Maxwell has admitted there is no current timetable on its return.
When pushed by presenter Rona Dougall on when the matches might be played, the Hampden official also stated playing the tournament to its conclusion in 2021 would be under consideration.
As quoted by STV, Maxwell said: “We don’t know to be honest with you. We want to play them in front of supporters. There’s a big financial imperative.
“Depending on what those number of supporters are, we want to give it a bit of time to see how that unfolds over the next few months before making a decision.
On playing in 2021, he responded: “We would look at it, we would look at it.
“We then start to get fixture challenges, depending on how the season plays out and how the fixture calendar is looking at that point.
We would need to make a decision at some point but we are committed to playing the competition to its completion.”
SFA chief exec Ian Maxwell says the board wants to stage the remaining Scottish Cup games in front of fans and will consider waiting until next year to hold the matches. #scotnight pic.twitter.com/JmfRL2fss4
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Celtic have won the Scottish Cup for the last three seasons in a row and ending this postponed tournament as winners again would see us effectively win a hallowed ‘quadruple treble’ of domestic trophies.
The cup consistency shown under Brendan Rodgers and Neil Lennon has been nothing but remarkable and the thought of Celtic being able to continue that in front of supporters is a morale-boosting thought during this current lockdown.
When that will be appears to be up in the air but with the SFA adamant the games will not be cancelled, Lennon and his team will get the chance to shoot for cup glory from the semi-final stage at some point.