The Celtic supporters left perplexed by today's SPFL decision
It’s fair to say today’s decision from the SPFL regarding the moving of St Mirren vs Celtic made very little sense at all.
The Hoops already had as many as 10 games scheduled between Thursday 25th November and the end of 2021. But today, the league’s governing body decided to add another to the mix.
After victory at Hampden set up a League Cup final with Hibs for December 19th, it was clear the December 18th Premiership clash with St Mirren was always going to be moved. However, instead of moving it into the new year, it’s been crammed in only 3 days after the cup final.
Hibernian have been given the same problem. Their home clash against Aberdeen has also been moved to the same evening. That means both teams will be playing at 7:45pm, under 77 hours after the cup final.
There are simply so many reasons as to why this is a poor decision from the governing body that it’s difficult to know where to even start.
SPFL do fans no favours with Celtic fixture rearrangement
Firstly, let’s start with the fact that it’s another £20-£30 pounds out of supporters’ pockets at the time of the year in which they need it most. Sure, many will say that those who can’t afford it simply shouldn’t attend. However, it would’ve been a lot more accessible for many supporters if it was played at some stage in the new year.
Secondly, we have free dates into the new year that would suit the clubs more than another December fixture. In February we only have 4 league fixtures scheduled. Just the 3 in March. Yes, there will need to be space for Scottish Cup fixtures, but there are plenty other ideal dates that can be utilised.
You then have the fact that it simply takes away from the occasion of the cup final. It effectively degrades it. How can teams efficiently prepare for a cup final whilst knowing they have a game 3 days later? It could lead to selection dilemmas that both sides could’ve done without.
It’s difficult to fathom why the SPFL are so determined to squeeze these fixtures into the calendar. It’s helping absolutely nobody.
Regardless, here we take a look at the supporter reaction. It’s fair to say not many are best pleased:
Of course it gets squeezed in there 🤦♂️🤷🏻♂️— Connor Wilson (@ccww1967) November 22, 2021
Great 🙄 now watch as we pull some injuries out of Santa’s sack…— Celtic Voice of Reason (@celtic_voice) November 22, 2021