Craig Levein has gone in on the SPFL over their new Betfred Cup semi-final schedule.
Following both Celtic and Rangers making it into the semi-finals of the competition alongside Hearts and Aberdeen in midweek, there were concerns over both Glasgow teams needing to play on the Sunday due to their Europa League games on the Thursday before the scheduled weekend.
Usually, the first tie out the hat is played at Hampden on the Saturday before the second is played on the Sunday at the same place.
But Celtic playing Hearts and Rangers facing Aberdeen means both ties are affected by the Europa League involvement.
And the SPFL’s fix for that is playing both semi-finals on the Sunday, with Rangers playing Aberdeen at 12pm before Celtic take on Hearts at 7.45pm.
That’s a controversial move which has been met with criticism by many – and now Levein has added his opinion to it all today:
— talkingbaws.com (@talkingbaws) September 28, 2018
"That's not true. We just told them it doesn't' suit us. Aberdeen have told them it doesn't suit them"
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) September 28, 2018
It’s difficult to disagree with Levein too.
Many Aberdeen fans will have to leave very early on the Sunday morning to make it to Glasgow for the game, while it’s going to be a late return home for Hearts fans following their game with Celtic in the evening.
And that’s bad enough before you consider that over 100,000 fans could take to Glasgow on the same day to watch the game.