Scottish Football Association has selected Celtic Park, the largest football stadium in Scotland with 60,355 capacity as the venue for Scottish Cup final on Saturday 17 May, 2014.

While Ibrox Stadium is expected to host both of this season’s semi-final matches.

Hampden Park is unavailable due to redevelopment work taking place to lay track for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The semi-final matches will be played on the weekend of 12 and 13 April at Ibrox Stadium which has a capacity of 51,082.

Celtic Park hosted the 1998 Scottish Cup final between Hearts and Rangers due to refurbishment work to upgrade Hampden, with the Edinburgh side
triumphing 2-1.

And Celtic are the current holders of the Scottish Cup following their 3-0 victory over Hibernian at Hampden Park in May.

The home of the current Scottish champions will remain in place as the Scottish Cup final venue for this season irrespective of whether Neil Lennon’s side reach the last stage of the tournament.

If Celtic reach the final, it will be the first time since 1902, when Hibernian beat Willie Maley’s side 2-1, that a club would contest a Scottish Cup final at
their home ground.

Scottish FA president Campbell Ogilvie praised the wealth of choice available to the governing body in selecting a host venue.

“We are fortunate in Scotland to have three world-class football stadia,” said Ogilvie.

“With Hampden Park due to undergo redevelopment work ahead of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it is natural that we would seek to utilise both Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium as venues for Scottish football’s premier cup competition.

“We are delighted to stage both semi-finals at Ibrox and the final at Celtic Park and on behalf of the Scottish FA, I would like to thank both Celtic and
Rangers, as well as the SPFL, for their support in hosting these matches.”

Celtic chief executive, Peter Lawwell, added: “We are delighted that Celtic Park has been chosen to host the William Hill Scottish Cup final.

“As we have seen this season, Celtic Park continues to be one of the finest stadia in European football, producing an occasion and an atmosphere like no
other – we are sure our stadium will provide a brilliant setting for our national cup final.

“Clearly, Celtic are cup holders and I am sure Neil and the team will be doing all they can to ensure that we go as far as we can in the competition and
hopefully be part of this great final at the end of the season.”

Rangers finance director, Brian Stockbridge, said: “We are delighted Ibrox Stadium has been chosen to host the Scottish Cup semi-finals in April.

“The Scottish FA’s decision to play these ties at the home of Scotland’s most successful club underlines the fact that Ibrox remains one of European football’s elite arenas.

“Of course we hope to travel far in this competition ourselves but no matter who plays at Ibrox they can be certain of the warmest of welcomes.”


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