Celtic supporters left to rue opportunity after scheduling announcement

By Euan Davidson

March 24, 2021

Celtic supporters will get a rare treat in April; a Saturday night fixture.

The only problem? It won’t be on terrestrial TV. Premier Sports are to carry Celtic’s Scottish Cup match against Falkirk on the 3rd of April. The 7.30 kick-off won’t be on council telly, unlike three other third-round ties [BBC].

The club’s reluctance to give anything away for free means that Hibs, Ross County and Aberdeen’s matches will be on the national broadcaster, rather than the Bhoys. Regardless, it’s hard to remember the last time Celtic played on a Saturday night.

Celtic’s opponents, Falkirk, currently sit at the summit of League One [SPFL]. The fixture was confirmed by the club earlier today, on Twitter.

Saturday night and I like the way you move, Elyounoussi / (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Such a shame for Celtic supporters; Saturday night football sounds fun

Fine, it’s a third round cup match. And it’s against Falkirk. But tell me, after more than a year away from Celtic Park, that this doesn’t sound like a fine evening’s entertainment.

Of course, with Scottish Football’s draconian rules around alcohol, this match couldn’t take place in Normal Times. Even an early cup match would attract enough supporters after an afternoon of refreshment in one of Glasgow’s many excellent public houses. So to speak.

That’s a shame. It sounds like a right laugh to us. It’s certainly worth trialling in the future, because Celtic Park under the lights is always conducive to an excellent atmosphere. If it was a low-stakes fixture like this one (no offence, Falkirk), against a club who wouldn’t necessarily take a rowdy or combative travelling support, then it’d be a fun prospect.

Obviously, 3pm Saturday kick-offs are still nirvana for Celtic supporters. It just feels right; early kick-offs on a Sunday, or even Monday matches, just don’t quite hit the same.

But Saturday night football? That sounds fine to us. Something to think about in the future, perhaps.

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