Celtic and Scottish football as a whole may be taking note as the English game made a historic decision over their 2020/2021 season today.
Neil Lennon’s Hoops are preparing for a season like no other as they chase success in four different domestic trophies as well as on the European stage.
Fears of severe fixture congestion have only been heightened by our week-long stint on the naughty step following Boli-gate – and many may now be looking for ways in which Scottish football can reduce its fixture load.
Thankfully, the English game has led the way with a clever move that Scotland must surely now follow.
As the Daily Mail report, FA Cup replays will be scrapped for next season in order to “ease pressure” on a packed football calendar.
Replays have been around in English football’s showpiece cup since its very first edition (Goal.com) so the enormity of the decision can’t be underestimated.
The English authorities have also done away with their two-legged EFL Cup semi-finals – something that is not relevant to us north of the border.
Celtic must push for SFA to follow FA lead
Nothing seems to have been mentioned about the prospect of replays in the 2020/2021 Scottish Cup – but surely the SFA must follow their English counterparts and limit the number of fixtures that can be played.
The Hampden final for the 2020/2021 competition has already been pencilled in for May 8th, as per the Daily Record.
Due to Hampden hosting some games at the delayed Euro 2020, that means that the Scottish Cup will reach its conclusion before the Premiership season.
This gives the SFA even less time to complete the competition amid real fixture congestion.
Celtic haven’t played a replay in the competition since March 2015 but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen this season.
That is why the club must push the SFA to follow the FA’s lead and make every Scottish Cup match a one-off affair.
Otherwise, we add even more games to a fixture list that will already be crammed like never before.
Hopefully Celtic make their voices heard on this important issue, and the SFA follow their English counterparts in scrapping replays.