Glasgow: Parkhead and Ibrox to host top Scottish Cup games

source: BBC.co.uk

Glasgow: Parkhead and Ibrox to host top Scottish Cup games With national Hampden Park closed for redevelopment semifinals and final are to be held at Ibrox and Celtic Park, respectively. Should Celtic reach the final, it would be the very first time in 101 years that any Scottish club would play the last game at its own ground, BBC reports.

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As Glasgow is preparing to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Hampden Park is undergoing a redevelopment to become suitable for athletics. And while the running track is mounted temporarily, most important games of the Scottish Cup have to be staged elsewhere.

This is first such situation since 1998, when Celtic Park took over as final venue due to previous revamp at Hampden. Now the Scottish Football Association has set both semifinals to Ibrox and final again to Celtic Park, respecting size of both grounds (51,000 and 60,000, respectively).

If Celtic reach the final, it will be the first time since 1902 - when Hibernian beat Willie Maley's side 2-1 - that a club would contest a Scottish Cup final at their home ground. This also means that Celtic would have to win a semi at their derby rivals’ home.

Scottish FA president Campbell Ogilvie praised the wealth of choice available to the governing body in selecting a host venue. "We are delighted to stage both semi-finals at Ibrox and the final at Celtic Park and on behalf of the Scottish FA, I would like to thank both Celtic and Rangers, as well as the SPFL, for their support in hosting these matches."

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