Scottish Cup: 2019-20 final to be played on December 20

Ian Maxwell: "We are confident that the final will be a unique and memorable showpiece event during the Christmas holidays"

The Scottish Cup final is set to be contested at Christmas
Image: The Scottish Cup final will be contested less than a week before Christmas

The 2019-20 Scottish Cup final will be played on December 20, the SFA has confirmed.

The showpiece match was originally scheduled for May 9 but the competition was suspended at the semi-final stage due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The last-four matches between holders Celtic and Aberdeen, and last season's beaten finalists Hearts and Hibernian, will be played on October 31 and November 1, with kick-off times still to be confirmed.

All three remaining fixtures will be played at Hampden Park.

Players who have previously played for another team during the 2019-20 competition will not be cup-tied, while the Scottish FA has also confirmed that clubs will be permitted to use five substitutes.

"We are pleased to confirm dates for the remaining stages of the 2019/20 William Hill Scottish Cup," said SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell.

Celtic forward Odsonne Edouard scored twice against Hearts
Image: Odsonne Edouard scored twice in Celtic's 2-1 comeback win against Hearts in last year's Scottish Cup final

"It has always been our intention to play the tournament to a finish and while the impact of COVID-19 has dramatically altered the schedule, we are confident that the final will be a unique and memorable showpiece event during the Christmas holidays.

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"The dates for the final stages of the competition will give the semi-finalists the best chance to prepare for such important fixtures. By ensuring no players will be cup-tied, we have also ensured that each club will be able to field their strongest possible teams.

"The dates also give us the best possible chance of having supporters attend the matches at Hampden. The health and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters are of paramount importance and we will continue to follow the public health guidance from the Scottish Government."

The SFA say details of the 2020-21 Scottish Cup fixtures will be issued in due course.

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