Sunday evening kick-off looking likely for Celtic clash at Clyde

By Hamish Carton

January 23, 2020

Celtic look like they could be set to face Clyde in the next round of the Scottish Cup at the unfamiliar time of a Sunday evening.

Neil Lennon takes his side to Broadwood to take on the bottom-half League One outfit during the second weekend in February.

The kick-off times haven’t been released for any of the eight fifth round ties, nor have the matches selected for television, but a bit of digging shows that the Hoops are looking likely for the Sunday night slot.

Chris Sutton will be part of Premier Sports coverage (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

Premier Sports get the first two picks for each round (as per Football Scotland) with the BBC only getting their choice afterwards.

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The extreme likelihood is that the broadcasting company will choose both our game at Clyde and Rangers’ trip to Hamilton Accies.

So far, Premier have only ever chosen both ourselves and Rangers’ matches – with the BBC taking the next best games.

That doesn’t look too likely to change next month with both Glasgow sides on the road.

Neil Lennon with the Scottish Cup (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Clyde vs Celtic looks likely for Sunday slot

The Premier Sports website schedule has their two games down for the Saturday night at 5:25 and the Sunday at the same time.

That time is likely to be the start of the programme with the matches kicking off at 5:30pm, much like our visit to Partick Thistle on Saturday.

However, Hamilton Accies face Aberdeen on league duty the following Tuesday, meaning that they’re highly unlikely to be asked to play on the Sunday.

Given that we don’t play till Wednesday, and Clyde have the midweek off, you would assume that we’d take the Sunday night slot with Hamilton vs Rangers happening 24 hours earlier.

Commentary at Celtic Park (photo by Mark Runnacles – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Of course this is all yet to be finalised and it’s mere speculation until that point. But all the facts laid out above are pretty robust and unlikely to change – meaning that a Sunday night kick-off is pretty likely.

Such a start would be a real throwback to the league games we frequently played during the 1990s. Whether they would go down well with the police remains to be seen.