SFA confirm Celtic v Rangers kick-off time #ScottishCupFinal#
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SFA confirm Celtic v Rangers kick-off time #ScottishCupFinal#

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With Celtic poised to meet Rangers in the Scottish Cup Final on May 25th, there was much speculation over whether the kick-off time would be altered to avoid conflicting with the English FA Cup final.

Manchester United and Manchester City will compete in the 3pm showpiece final on the same day south of the border, and there were concerns that the SFA or broadcasters may change the scheduled time of Scotland’s end-of-season curtain call.

There was a precedent created last season when Celtic’s final against Inverness Caley Thistle was rescheduled for 530pm, and there were concerns that this might be repeated this season or that the game would be moved to 1230pm.

SFA lock in Celtic vs Rangers kick off time and broadcast details

According to a statement released today on the SFA website, “The Scottish Gas Men’s Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Rangers will take place on Saturday, May 25th, kicking off at 3pm, live on BBC One Scotland and Premier Sports.”

“This season, the 150th anniversary edition of the competition, has generated even more outstanding memories.

“This past weekend, Celtic defeated Aberdeen on penalties in a classic Semi-Final on Saturday before Rangers saw off Heart of Midlothian on Sunday to seal their place in the showpiece event.”

In my perspective, the SFA made an excellent move. For far too long, Celtic’s games, particularly the Glasgow Derby, have been rescheduled to accommodate broadcasters such as Sky Sports and Premier Sports.

This announcement will be warmly received by Celtic and Rangers fans, as a customary 3pm Saturday kick-off time is uncommon. Especially for this type of spectacular event.

Celtic fans will be hoping that the final is more uncomplicated than the semi-final against Aberdeen, as Brendan Rodgers attempts to extend his unbeaten streak in the competition.

 

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