Since last Thursday night hoops supporters have been making arrangement to be at Hampden for a 7.45pm kick off on Sunday October 28.
Neil Doncaster explained the reasoning. As well as being contractually obliged to Hampden Police Scotland were in agreement with playing both semi-finals on the same day at the same venue.
Too late I’ve already booked my flights and accommodation. So the change of plan doesn’t suit TGEF. It’ll need to be Sunday night at Hampden.
— Black Ice (@BlackIce1888) October 2, 2018
why move celtic we were first out of the draw we should play at hampden
— KellyMarie Carragher (@KellyMarieC86) October 2, 2018
why murrayfield? games don’t need to be same weekend.
Celtic v Motherwell 12.30h kick off SPFL
Aberdeen v Rangers 15:00h kick off League Cup
St Mirren v Rangers kick off 12:30 SPFL
Hearts v Celtic 15:00h kick off League Cup
both cup games at hampden.
— Michael Duignan (@Michael_Duignan) October 2, 2018
So when do you think they’ll announce that Celtic will travel to Murrayfield,, the recent home ground of ,,,, hearts?
— 7 down 3 to go (@Andyfizz69) October 2, 2018
Hearts home advantage
— PILLS N THRILLS 🙂 (@johndickson40) October 2, 2018
Sunday at 7.45pm was far from ideal but many long distance fans made arrangements, booked accommodation and travel and a favour or two from their boss.
Five days later it seems that there is no contractual obligation and Police Scotland actually have a few concerns about the scheduling announced last week.
Doncaster’s leadership has long been the subject of derision but generally for matters behind the scenes rather than out there in the front line.
His soul mate Stewart Regan departed the scene earlier this year on the back of Scotland’s farcical trips to Peru and Mexico.
Regardless of the outcome of the current talks Doncaster has to be removed from future decision making, whether the SPFL are contractually obliged to him or not.