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NO FANS – THE FINAL VERDICT

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PROPOSALS to use the Scottish Cup Final as a test event with fans have been scrapped.

National clinical director Jason Leitch hinted the showpiece at Hampden on May 22 could be utilised as a gateway event, as Scotzine reported.

However, it has emerged no supporters will be allowed into the national stadium for the match as the ground will already be under control of UEFA  at that point.

Working with the Scottish Government, the SFA yesterday outlined plans to host 12,000 fans at this summer’s Euro 2020 championships at the venue.

It had been hoped next month’s grand finale could serve as a monitor to welcome back fans to grounds, but that ambitious project has hit the buffers with Europe’s ruling soccer body formally entering into UEFA’s auspices on May 14, according to the Scottish Sun. 

UEFA are today expected to announce capacities for the various venues for the delayed Euros.

Scotland are due to play the Czech Republic and Croata at Hampden on June 14 and 22 respectively – with their clash against England at Wembley due on the Friday in between.

Celtic won their fourth successive Scottish Cup at a deserted national stadium on December 20 last year when they defeated Hearts 4-3 on penalty-kicks after a dramatic 3-3 draw following extra-time.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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