Report: SFA looking at the possibility of scrapping Scottish Cup replays

By Hamish Carton

June 13, 2019

The Scottish Football Association are considering the possibility of scrapping replays in next year’s Scottish Cup. The Times report that the governing body are looking to accommodate the Euro 2020 fixtures being played at Hampden next summer.

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On Wednesday they announced that next year’s final will be played at the start of May – a week before the end of the regular Premiership season. Now, it seems like they’re trying to combat the earlier final by reducing some of the fixture congestion in prior rounds.

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Will this affect Celtic?

Well, it wouldn’t have over the past three seasons. Celtic have won their last 15 Scottish Cup ties in 90 minutes, without the need for extra time or replays. In fact, we haven’t had a Scottish Cup replay since March 2015. We drew 1-1 against Dundee United in the original quarter-final tie that year before bringing them back to Celtic Park and running out comprehensive 4-0 winners.

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It could help our fixture congestion next season but that would only be if we drew some cup matches. Replays tend to help the bigger teams as it gives them a second opportunity, often at home, to dismiss smaller teams.

The English FA removed replays in the fifth round of the FA Cup last season but Scotland doing the same for all rounds would be a new measure. Whatever happens, the Scottish Cup is going to have a different look to it next season. Let’s just hope it has a familiar one right at the end as Celtic lift the famous trophy again.