A meeting early this morning will be held to determine the fate of Celtic’s Ibrox trip this weekend, according to the Daily Record.
The report states that the game will indeed be moved from its original Saturday evening slot at 4pm as a mark of respect for Prince Philip, whose funeral will take place on the same day at 3pm.
The Record claims that talks were being held all day yesterday in a bid to come up with solutions. However, it’s expected that a firm decision will be made after a meeting this morning.
It’s been claimed by the newspaper that the police wouldn’t be keen on moving the game to a later time on Saturday evening. Any decision will need to have the approval of police officials.
Speaking to the Record, one Hampden source said the following:
“There are a variety of very complex factors which have to be fully considered. There have been a great deal of talks over the weekend and various proposals have been put forward but nothing will be decided until the morning when a planning meeting will take place.”
Celtic’s Ibrox trip will need a quick resolution
It will be interesting to see what decision is made by the SFA this afternoon to amend the fixture.
Interestingly, the report says that the 12pm Saturday kickoff between Stranraer and Hibs will go ahead. This is due to the fact that the game wouldn’t clash with the 3pm funeral. It’s difficult to see why the game simply couldn’t be pulled back a few hours then and be broadcast at 12pm or 12:30pm.
That way, it wouldn’t potentially clash with Premier Sports’ other live clash between Livingston and Aberdeen this weekend. That match is scheduled to take place on Sunday at 2pm.
There is also the option to pull the game back to Friday evening. However, whether the clubs would react kindly to that given it removes an extra day of prep work remains to be seen. And considering the police reportedly aren’t keen on a Saturday night kickoff time, it’s unlikely a Friday night clash would satisfy them either.
It’s going to be extremely intriguing to see what the resolution is. One way or another, this match needs to be played this weekend. The Scottish football schedule is already right enough as it is.
Hopefully, any decision made this morning will go down well with everyone.