Celtic’s crucial Glasgow Derby clash on Saturday is set to be moved to Sunday 18th April at 12pm, according to the Daily Record.
The outlet report this is the preferred choice of the Scottish FA.
After initial murmurings yesterday, it looks like the fixture could be altered to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral. These arrangements have not been finalised as of yet, as the SFA and Premier Sports look to thrash out a new kick-off time.
This proposed kick-off could create difficulties for TV broadcasters
Problems could transpire with a lunchtime kick-off, as Premier Sports are due to broadcast Aberdeen vs Livingston to viewers at 2pm [Premier Sports]. The omission of cup replays in 2020/21 will ensure this weekend’s ties are played to a conclusion.
If Celtic and Rangers were to become embroiled in extra-time within this prospective timeframe, there would be an overlap between the two Scottish Cup ties. Additionally, there could also be issues with broadcasting the tie later on Sunday.
As it stands, Premier Sports are booked in to cover four Italian Serie A games on Sunday as part of their TV rights [Daily Record]. If any of these Italian clashes were to be pre-empted by the broadcaster, this could open a kettle of fish that everyone would prefer to avoid.
Presently speaking, SFA chiefs are locked in the national stadium attempting to resolve the situation [Daily Record]. Moving the pivotal fixture to another timeslot on Saturday could make more sense, however as of yet there has been no clarity. Hopefully the situation can come to a swift conclusion.