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CELTIC’S GREEN LIGHT

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CELTIC have been given the green light by the SFA to defend their Scottish Cup.

The Hoops, winners of the competition for a record four successive seasons, were told the Hampden rulers would make a decision “as soon as possible” on attempting to continue the national tournament, as CQN reported earlier today.

The SFA bosses have been as good as their word and the holders now have a May 22 date to focus on with the silverware showpiece pushed back two weeks, according to Glasgow Live.

Celtic are due to play either Arbroath or Falkirk in the third round once they settle their tie. That has now been scheduled for Tuesday March 23 and the Parkhead side will meet the winners in the east end of Glasgow on the weekend of Saturday, April 3.

The fourth round then takes place two weeks later with the Final due on May 22 before the Euro Championships are due to kick off the following month with Steve Clarke’s side scheduled to start with a tie against the Czech Republic on Monday, June 14.

SCOTTISH CUP DATES

Second Round: Tuesday, March 23

Third Round: Saturday, April 3

Fourth Round: Saturday, April 17

Fifth Round: Saturday, April 24

Semi-Finals: Weekend, May 8 and 9

Final: Saturday, May 22

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