Celtic’s Scottish Cup rival Derek McInnes has urged the authorities to give his team their moment at Hampden.
The Dons and the Hoops were set to meet at Hampden Stadium on April 12th, with Hibernian facing Hearts just one day beforehand.
However, all of that has been thrown up in the air by the current global health crisis. Whether the Scottish Cup will even have time to be played out is now a valid question, and that would rob all clubs involved of a chance to make history.
Therefore, it’s no surprise to hear McInnes out pleading for the chance to win only his second trophy with the Granite City men. Speaking in the Press and Journal, the Aberdeen boss said the following:
“I don’t know how they are going to be able to do it but however they do it I do feel the season should be played out and concluded. We set out in a competition to decide winners and losers. We are in the semi-finals of a cup competition and we want to win a Scottish Cup.
“We’re deserving of that chance. For sporting integrity and all the rest, the season has to be completed. Whether it encroaches and starts to impact next season and the next season becomes a shorter league campaign as a consequence then who knows.
“You can’t start a season and then not finish it and all the effort counted for nothing. We have got to finish it whenever we can finish it. Whether it is in two weeks or two months or in August, we should conclude this campaign, as difficult as it is going to be for everyone. We can’t just write it off.”
McInnes’ Scottish Cup plea puts things into perspective
McInnes may not be Celtic supporters’ most lovable Scottish football character, but he touches on something that hasn’t seriously been covered yet.
With so much emphasis being put on the league, we’re forgetting the importance of the Scottish Cup to all of the clubs involved.
McInnes has been under huge pressure this season with the growing challenge of Motherwell and his inability to both run away with third place and/or provide an attractive team on the park. Therefore, the Scottish Cup could provide him with some massive respite should his side win it.
You have the same problems with Hearts’ Daniel Stendel. He’s under enormous pressure to keep them in the league, but winning the Scottish Cup would at least be a beacon of light regardless.
Jack Ross is still looking for validation for the work he’s doing at Hibs, whilst Celtic are going for a historic quadruple treble. You can’t rob any of these clubs of that chance if there’s a feasible solution available in the long-term.
The Scottish Cup could end up being the last thing on the SFA’s mind when you consider the current debate over what happens with the league championship. However, McInnes’ plea shows a manager desperate for a crack at some respite. He’s earned his semi-final spot as have the rest of the teams involved. One way or another, it deserves to be played out.