Date: 18th November 2019 at 6:06am
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The SPFL will tell Rod Petrie to forget about cancelling a weekend of fixtures ahead of Scotland’s European Championship semi-final play-off on March 26.

If successful Scotland will then face a final play-off on Tuesday March 31 with no SPFL matches over the weekend of March 27/28.

On Sunday Petrie went public with his wish for a postponement of SPFL fixtures but with four weekends already lost to international football and Celtic seeing nine matches squeezed into 28 days in December Petrie will find his plea rejected by the SPFL.

An SPFL spokesman told The Sun:

We would always be keen to help the national side if possible but, as Steve Clarke acknowledged, in a very congested schedule any such request is difficult to deliver.

In addition, there is a real possibility of fixtures going to Sunday, regardless of whether Celtic and Rangers progress in the Europa League.

UEFA have scheduled the play off matches for Thursday and Tuesday to give international managers maximum time to prepare for the games while matching up with one designated international weekend. The SFA and SPFL were aware of the play-off matches when the fixture list was drawn up.

In December Celtic players are expected to turn out against Hibs (December 15), Hearts (December 18) and Aberdeen (December 21).

Celtic are scheduled to play St Johnstone at home on March 21, FIVE days before the European Championship play-off semi-final. If Scotland win, they will play the final on March 31 with Celtic scheduled to be away to Hibs on April 4.

Petrie was making his first public comments yesterday, after being elected President of the SFA at the end of last season he refused to speak to the media.