SPFL must consider Celtic League Cup switch again

By Connor Gordon

September 26, 2019

The SPFL must look at taking the Celtic and Hibs League Cup semi-final away from Glasgow.

Scotland’s governing body did it last season with moving the Hearts match to Murrayfield. There was a logistical reason for that, but what it brought was a successful idea.

It’s one that needs to be revisited this time around to give the Scottish game another boost.

Celtic League Cup move from last season opens up possibilities

The Hoops and bitter rivals Rangers had to play on a Sunday last season following their Europa League exploits.

Ryan Christie celebrating Celtic rebirth at Murrayfield last season. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It opened up a can of worms for the SPFL who presented a variety of different ways to sort it. Considering playing the two games on the same day hours apart is a move that will continue to be laughed at.

All in all, the Celtic vs Hearts match was drawn out a hat to be played in Edinburgh at Murrayfield. Rangers vs Aberdeen remained but at a later kick off time in Hampden Park.

Both games played near enough after each other and was Scotland’s own version of England’s ‘Super Sunday’.

Fans across the country gathered round to watch two massive ties consecutively from two different cities.

Rangers beaten by Aberdeen in the League Cup semi at Hampden Park. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The grounds were packed, as were the bars, and it was an all round box office success for Scottish football.

SPFL must look to continue cup semi-final success

This time round, it’s only Hibs who are the newbies to the semi-final scene since last season.

Some fans will suggest that it’s Rangers that move to Murrayfield this time round considering Celtic played there the last time.

But, at the same time, Hearts were the opponents, but will they mind keeping the game in their own city?

Celtic players lifiting the Scottish League Cup trophy. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Scottish football is always looking to improve itself wherever possible.

We might not have a country filling itself with the top players in the world but we can make it interesting. Last season’s move was interesting and had everyone gripped and watching all day.

Lets hope someone in the blazers at the SPFL has the brains to bring the Murrayfield move back.