Rangers will play their League Cup semi-final against Aberdeen at Hampden on the same day as Celtic and Hearts, the SPFL announced on Thursday.
The fixtures will take place on Sunday October 28th, with the Gers’ clash with the Dons taking place at 12pm and the other duo facing off at 7:45pm.
It leaves a tight turnaround for staff at Hampden and also complicates matters for Rangers supporters, who will hopefully be celebrating progression to the final after the match.
How will fans be transported away from the stadium and pubs in the area?
It seems like an avoidable logistical nightmare, with the option of playing at other stadiums in Glasgow and Edinburgh a more fan-friendly scenario.
The two matches must take place on the Sunday rather than the tradition Saturday/Sunday set-up due to both Rangers’ and Celtic’s participation in the UEFA Europa League.
Rangers fans can’t quite understand the decision and took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
— kevin mcmahon (@mcmahon_84) September 27, 2018
Can just imagine bouncers in the boozers round Hampden telling bears to get out and let ‘them’ in, disaster written all over it ????
— Calvin (@Calvin_54) September 27, 2018
Playing the 2 semi finals at Hampden on the same day is a fucking ridiculous idea and shouldn’t even be a consideration. Recipe for disaster that. Why are people within the SPFL clueless, idiotic morons?
— Kirsten (@kirsten93_) September 27, 2018
I was also wondering how they plan on getting fans from the 1st game out of the pubs b4 2nd game ???????? if your not wearing colours then they can’t tell! ???????? around hampden will be chaos ????????????????
— ????❤️FifiC????❤️???????? (@Fifitrixi01) September 27, 2018
Both semi finals to be played at Hampden.
Four sets of supporters out in the same day, including the two Old Firm sides.
Are the SFA trying to incite a riot and cause chaos?
— Kevin Wakeham (@KWRFC1995) September 27, 2018
Rangers playing at 12:45 at Hampden then Celtic playing the same night in the same stadium at 7:45pm.
Rangers fans will come out of the game to head for a pint and every pub around will be full of Celtic fans boozing for their game.
Shambles of a decision. Will be total chaos.
— Andy C (@pipedown27) September 27, 2018
Are the SFA totally mad both the same day at Hampden total stupidity
— Geraldine Judge (@geraldinerennie) September 27, 2018
What do you make of the decision to play both League Cup semi-finals at Hampden on the same day? Share your thoughts in the comments below…