CELTIC face the prospect of an early kick-off in their Scottish Cup Final against Inverness Caley Thistle at Hampden on Saturday June 3.

The commencement for the soccer showpiece was expected to be the traditional 3pm, but talks have already taken place to controversially switch the occasion to a lunchtime start, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

It’s a move that will enrage supporters of both teams who will have to alter travel plans for the glamour occasion.

CUP FINAL HERE WE COME…Filipe Jota celebrates his matchwinner.

The problem is the 3pm clash with the English Cup Final at Wembley on the same day when the Manchester clubs, City and United, meet for the first time with the trophy at stake.

The game across the border is due to be shown live by STV and BBC. The clash between Ange Postecoglou and Billy Dodds’ clubs is due to be beamed by Viaplay and BBC Scotland.

Satellite broadcasters Viaplay and the Beeb are keen on a stand-alone kick-off time for the Scottish Cup to avoid a direct clash with the competition across the border.

Caley Thistle followers were unhappy with the timing of 12.15pm kick-off for their semi-final against Falkirk on Saturday which they won 3-0 to set up an intriguing confrontation in the big game.

A decision is expected within the next week.

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