If Celtic do seal a fourth successive domestic treble next season then the achievement may feel very different. That’s because the Scottish Cup final won’t be played in it’s usual end-of-season spot.
For one year only, the match will be played before the end of the Premiership season. The BBC report that the final will take place on May 9th – a week before the conclusion of the regular top-flight season.
It’s down to Hampden being out of use, with four Euro 2020 matches scheduled to be held at the stadium next summer. The first of those clashes doesn’t take place until June 15th but UEFA regulations mean that the Scottish Cup final has to be moved forward.
Celtic may not even make it to the final next season. Reaching cup finals has become a bit of a given in recent years but it’s still a tough ask to navigate four rounds to make Scottish football’s showpiece.
However, if we are to make it then it will have a bizarre feel to it. The match could still see us complete the treble like in recent years. If we wrap the Premiership title up with a few games to spare, the match will still be our final meaningful one of the season.
Trophy Day could also have a different feel to it. Celtic could have three trophies parading round the stadium rather than just two. Of course there are some negatives to the move. Traditionalists aren’t likely to be too happy with their cup final weekend being polluted with league matches.
However, it’s only for one year. Normality will resume the following season.