Our View: Celtic should submit idea to streamline Scottish Cup

By John Reid

March 25, 2020

When football finally returns to British shores, it might look radically different from how it looked before the global pandemic which put a stop to the game.

The football calendar might be changed for a start, as the clubs and football associations attempt to get things back to the way they used to be.

Neil Lennon celebrates last season’s Celtic Scottish Cup win / (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

One way to try to find a solution to the issues would be to streamline cup competitions going forward. Celtic should be one of the first teams to submit an idea to the Scottish FA about this, and the tournament they should discuss is the Scottish Cup.

Makes sense to remove games now

What the Hoops should propose is an end to replays in the Scottish Cup. It would make sense to get rid of those games now more than ever.

That does not mean that the competition isn’t valued. After all, the Hoops have won it for the last three years in a row, and hopefully can win it for the fourth season in a row whenever football re-starts.

Celtic celebrate winning the Scottish Cup / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, from now on it makes sense, even if for a season, to get rid of as many surplus games as possible. That means cup replays.

Some smaller clubs might not be in favour of the move as it might mean that they lose money on a possible lucrative trip to Celtic Park for example.

Changes will have to be made

However, in this new football reality changes will have to be made. That should mean that Scottish Cup replays should be the first to go.

You would think that Celtic would get the backing from the other Premiership clubs for this move. They will want to see games reduced in order to get the football calendar back on track.

It only needs to be for one year. The situation doesn’t have to be permanent. However, Celtic should submit a proposal to the SFA and see what happens.