CELTIC will have to wait until the outcome of Thursday night’s Europa Conference League second leg against Bodo/Glimt before a firm date will be set for the Scottish Cup quarter-final against Dundee United next month.
Ange Postecoglou’s side are 3-1 down as they prepare to travel to the Arctic Circle for the crucial return game against the Norwegians.
If they manage to turn the tie around, they will be in the draw for the next stage on Friday with the round of 16 ties due for Thursday March 10 and seven days later.
The match at Tannadice is scheduled for the weekend of March 12/13.
If the Hoops get through in Europe, the game on Tayside will have to be moved from the Saturday slot to either Sunday afternoon or Monday evening.
A further complication is the fact that Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side, 4-2 ahead before Thursday night’s meeting with Borussia Dortmund at Ibrox, could also be involved in Euro encounters on the same nights as the Parkhead men – and they are due to play Dundee in the last eight at Dens Park.
If they are still involved in the Europa League, their tie will have to be switched, too. As both the Glasgow clubs are playing in Dundee, it will not be an option to play them on the same day, especially as Tannadice and Dens Park are a mere 200 yards apart.
It is more likely either the Hoops or the Govan outfit will have a 4pm kick-off on Sunday March 13 followed by a 7.45pm start on Monday March 14.
All will become clearer after Thursday night’s action.