Senior Celtic figure provides update on potential fixture change

By John Reid

February 7, 2020

Celtic supporter liaison officer John Paul Taylor has provided an update on when the rearranged fixture will be if the Hoops’ Scottish Cup tie against Clyde on Sunday is postponed.

Taylor disclosed on Twitter that should the game be off, then it would be played on Wednesday the 12th of February – the same night that the Hoops are meant to be playing Hearts in a Premiership match.

The SLO then revealed that the reason for the update is that bad weather is forecast for this weekend.

Indeed, there are strong winds forecast for Glasgow on Saturday and Sunday, according to BBC weather.

Strong winds could be an issue

How that affects Cumbernauld, where Clyde play their home games at Broadwood remains to be seen. However, they do have an artificial pitch so rain wouldn’t be an issue, but the winds could make the game unplayable.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

The last thing that Celtic will want is a league game postponed on Wednesday night. A potential backlog of fixtures won’t help when the team are trying to compete in the league, the Scottish Cup and the Europa League.

Postponed league game may not be played until March

There is also the question of when the postponed game would be played. Should the Hoops progress in Europe then the Hearts fixture may not be played until March at the earliest.

A packed Celtic Park (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Hopefully the weather holds up, and Celtic can play Clyde on Sunday, then Hearts on Wednesday night. However, should the game be postponed, then Neil Lennon and his players will just have to get on with things, and deal with the fixture whenever it is played.