Our View: Scottish Cup fixture confirmation is good news for Celtic

By John Reid

February 14, 2020

Celtic have announced the date and time of their Scottish Cup Quarter-Final fixture with St Johnstone. The game will take place on Sunday the 1st of March, and will have a three o’clock kick-off.

The kick-off time has to be considered good news for Celtic, as the Hoops are playing Copenhagen only three days before the quarter-final.

Celtic’s second leg Europa League match against Copenhagen kicks off at five past eight on the Thursday. Should it go to extra time and penalties, the team could be playing until well after ten o’clock.

Europa League fixture could have affected early kick-off

That could have been a real factor in the Scottish Cup tie, especially if the Hoops had a twelve o’clock kick-off.

Celtic players celebrate at Pittodrie (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, the Celtic players can now get at least some more rest before they kick-off at Perth.

There still probably won’t be enough time for the Hoops players to do proper training before the game. They will be used to that though, as they have been playing midweek then weekend fixtures for almost the past month.

It will be interesting to see if Neil Lennon decides to make changes from his regular starting line-up against St Johnstone.

You’ve got to think that there will be a good chance that happens, as the Hoops are playing in a vital European fixture only days before.

Could be game for squad players

That is the good thing about having such a big squad though, you can bring in players for cup ties, who will be eager to show that they deserve to play regular football.

Celtic full-back Greg Taylor (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Neil Lennon won’t even be thinking about the Scottish Cup tie yet though. Celtic still have four fixtures to play before they head to McDiarmid Park.

When the time comes to play the game though, Lennon might well be relieved that the Hoops don’t face a lunchtime kick-off after the Copenhagen clash has been completed.