Just when you thought the SPFL had dibs on being the farcical governing body, the Scottish FA seem to giving as good as they get over their handling of East Kilbride’s Scottish Cup tie against Celtic.
Hamilton Accies’ New Douglas Park was set to host the Cup tie between East Kilbride and Celtic on 7th February, but the Premiership side have issued a statement saying that the stadium is not available due to a full programme of ‘Academy, Youth and Community events’.
The statement read: “It has recently been reported that we will be hosting the William Hill Scottish Cup 5th round fixture between East Kilbride and Celtic on Sunday 7th February.
“We have a full programme of Academy, Youth and Community events already planned for that weekend and have no intention of altering our club programme and as a result, will not be in a position to make New Douglas Park available to stage the tie.”
With K-Park not fit for purpose due to its size and lack of facilities, Kilby [East Kilbride] had earmarked Celtic Park, Hampden, Broadwood, Excelsior Stadium and Firhill as potential venues with Accies’ ground their seventh choice to play the Celtic tie. Despite that fact, the Scottish FA announced immediately after the victory over Lothian Thistle that they were selecting New Douglas Park as the venue much to the surprise of Lowland League side.
But whoever signed off on New Douglas Park being the host venue, seems to have forgotten to talk to Accies first or did they simply look at venues who didn’t have a senior game on that weekend?
Either way, it is amateurish and adds to the mockery that surrounds Scottish football after the SPFL’s plans of last week.
The decision should be left to East Kilbride where they play the game and if they need help in securing a venue then they can request the support of the Scottish FA – but it seems as though Kilby were being dictated to by the suits at Hampden – although I do understand why they chose New Douglas Park.
Just a shame they didn’t put a 50p down to reserve the pitch before they announced it on the back of Kilby’s celebrations.
With just under two weeks to organise a venue, ticketing, security and other aspects of hosting a game let alone a cup tie – it is not the pre-match build up that Kilby wanted.