Celtic appear to have accepted the scheduling of a midweek trip to Tynecastle in December while their title rivals enjoy a midweek break.
SPFL matches over the first weekend of November have been postponed to accommodate the semi-finals of the Betfred Cup with Celtic due to face Hearts and Steven Gerrard’s side at home to St Johnstone.
On Sunday December 15 the two Glasgow sides are in action but the following weekend a bizarre change to suit television ahead of Police Scotland gives the Ibrox men a free midweek.
Gerrard’s side were scheduled to play Hibs on Saturday December 21 but by scheduling the match for the Friday night- the busiest night of the year for city centre pubs when Police resources are at full stretch- Gerrard’s side have avoided the home match with St Johnstone.
The reasons for scheduling a volatile fixture for a Friday night rather than Saturday afternoon are unknown, in 2016 supporters from both clubs fought with each other on the pitch at Hampden Park.
While the Ibrox men are relaxing through the week at Murray Park Celtic have been sent to Tynecastle to make it Hibs (Sunday), Hearts (Wednesday) and Aberdeen (Saturday) on the back of a Europa League match away to Cluj.
Today commenting on the scheduling of SPFL fixtures no mention was made of the Hearts game:
There have been a number of scheduling issues raised by supporters groups recently including the confirmation of matches such as the Betfred Cup Semi-Final, with a Saturday 5:30pm kick-off and our SPFL match against Ross County in Dingwall having a 12noon kick-off on December 1.
A 12 noon kick off in Dingwall isn’t much different from 12.30 with Celtic fans well used to those sort of kick off times against Ross County or Inverness Caley Thistle.
On Friday Neil Lennon voiced his concern about the December scheduling, it seems that it’s not an issue for the Celtic board.