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FINAL CHANCE: SFA IN FANS BID

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THE SFA are bidding to allow fans into the silverware showpiece showdown between St Johnstone and Hibs.

The grand finale is scheduled for Hampden on Saturday May 22 and will be played behind closed doors.

However, 12,000 fans will be allowed to attend Scotland’s first Euro Finals clash against the Czech Republic at the same venue on June 14.

Under the latest Scottish government guidelines, 500 spectators can attend outdoor events from Monday, with organisers able to ask for more. Hampden is off limits as it now comes under the auspices of UEFA during the Euros, but there is a chance of the Cup Final being played elsewhere, as Scotzine flagged up last month.

Parkhead and Ibrox are unavailable, but Aberdeen have offered to stage the big game at Pittodrie as one route for supporters to attend.

Dons chairman Dave Cormack, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “Aberdeen FC would be happy to consider Pittodrie being the Scottish Cup Final venue if it helped fans get into the stadium and it was something that both teams and the Scottish FA wanted us to do.”

Pittodrie has already held a test event last September against Kilmarnock, which was attended by a crowd of 300 people.

The ground is the fourth largest in Scotland, with a capacity of more than 22,000.

Celtic completed the quadruple treble at the venue in December last year when their Final against Hearts was played in silence.

UEFA will take control of Hampden Park on Friday ahead of Euro 2020, but an agreement in place between the SFA and Europe’s ruling soccer body means the Final will be allowed to take place at the national stadium.

The SFA would prefer the game is not moved away from Hampden and will hold talks with UEFA over having fans in attendance.

The 51,866-capacity venue is set to host three Group D fixtures for the Euros next month – Scotland against the Czechs on the 14th, the Czechs against Croatia four days later and Steve Clarke’s side’s final group game against Croatia on the 22nd.

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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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