Celtic could be part of the four-team group that complete the 2019/20 Scottish Cup next season, The Scottish Sun report.
The paper say that in light of football potentially being suspended completely beyond May, the Scottish FA are drawing up plans to complete this season’s tournament in the early stages of next term.
An ongoing global health crisis has thrown doubt on the competition being completed before the summer, like many sports leagues and cups around the world.
The move to not scrap it completely would, in part, be because the SFA are hoping to rake in money from tickets, sponsorship and TV for the matches involving Celtic, Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibernian.
The governing body face a huge financial blow due to the national team’s play-off at Hampden set to be called off, the report states.
Whether that means there would be two Scottish Cup tournaments next season is not detailed, but the proposals certainly suggest that could be the case.
Neil Lennon’s team have already seen off Partick Thistle, Clyde and St Johnstone to reach the semi-final stage where they are due to face Derek McInnes’ Dons.
It’d be a shame for the whole thing to be scrapped and if the authorities can figure out a way to get the whole thing done with minimal disruption to normal fixtures next season then it should be explored.
Before all this upheaval Celtic were undoubtedly favourites to win the whole thing for the fourth consecutive season, so having the chance to compete for the silverware from the semi-final stage next term would be welcome.
Lennon’s Bhoys will be up for the fight if or when that occurs.