There will be no supporters inside Hampden for next month’s Scottish Cup Final, whether Celtic make it there or not.
As we discussed yesterday, National Clinical Director Jason Leitch suggested the final could act as a gateway event towards supporters getting back into stadiums.
The Scottish Government and Scottish FA have committed to allowing in a percentage of fans to Hampden for this summer’s European Championships.
That sparked hope there may be a similar crowd of 12,000 allowed into the national stadium for the showpiece final.
However, that’s been put to bed today following a report from BBC Scotland.
They say that the SFA have struck an agreement with UEFA to allow the final itself to go ahead before the Euros, but with no crowd in place due to the tournament organisers already taking charge of preparations for the summer event.
The final takes place on May 22nd, with UEFA having control of the stadium from May 14th.
The BBC report it’s now unlikely there will be any test events in Scotland prior to the national team facing off against Czech Republic on June 14th.
Celtic have a lot of work to do before even making the final of course.
John Kennedy’s team travel to Ibrox next weekend in the Fourth Round of the competition after comfortably moving past Falkirk in the last round.
The winners of the derby will be red hot favourites to lift the cup, but there are other rounds to contend with. As we’ve seen from Celtic this season there are no guarantees in domestic football.
Regardless of this crowd blow, hopefully we can witness the team extend their Scottish Cup winning streak into a fifth year. That’d be delightful.