CELTIC have hit out at the SFA for moving the Scottish Cup Final from its traditional 3pm kick-off slot to 5.30pm.

The champions are due to meet Inverness Caley Thistle in the showpiece encounter at Hampden on Saturday June 3.

There were suggestions earlier in the week the starting time could be moved to prevent a TV clash with the English Cup Final between the Manchester clubs, City and United, which is due to commence at 3pm on the same day, as CQN reported.

Neither Celtic nor their Highland opponents welcomed a change, but it the later start has now been confirmed.

The SFA said in a statement: “The Scottish FA can confirm that the 2022/23 Men’s Scottish Cup Final will take place between Celtic and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at Hampden Park on Saturday, June 3, with a 5.30pm kick-off.

“We would like to thank all parties for their support in ensuring a slot commensurate with Scottish football’s showpiece occasion.

“The match will be broadcast live on BBC One Scotland and on Viaplay.”

However, there was an instant response from Parkhead with a club statement which read: “We are hugely disappointed that the Scottish Cup Final has been moved from its traditional 3pm slot, something we don’t believe was necessary, or in the best interests of both sets of supporters.

“Additionally, there was no meaningful consultation with Celtic on this matter, in terms of assessing the many issues affecting supporters attending the match – something which is also extremely regrettable.”

There had been reports the match might be brought forward with 12.15pm or 12.30pm mentioned before the authorities opted for the later slot.

Ange Postecoglou’s men will go into the match looking for the club’s eighth treble in their history.

The title has yet to be sealed, but the Parkhead men required just three points from five games and could clinch the crown against Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday.

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