Even when Celtic are no longer involved in a cup competition, I usually have a commercial concern for the tournament and the game in general. If we are not at a final (and Newco seldom are), who will buy the all tickets? Even Aberdeen could not sell their allocation of tickets against Celtic in recent finals.
In this respect, it is a good time for the Scottish Cup semis and final to be behind closed doors. The SFA will lose no more money than if Celtic were there for a fifth successive triumph.
You have to feel for St Johnstone fans, already denied attendance at their second major trophy win, they could also miss their third. They were dragged into a sectarian scandal when their players were abused at the behind closed doors quarterfinal. Carried out on the SFA’s watch by staff permitted to be pitch side, how the Association deal with the matter will tell you lots about how our game/country/media is run.
If only the abuser was from a different club, or better still, if he was Czech, the frenzy would ensure such attitudes were not tolerated in Scotland in 2021. But you know there are. Feeling a bit less interested in the SFA’s financial well-being, to be honest.