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Saturday 17 March 2018

Cup final for Parkhead

Press Association

Celtic Park has been named as the venue for this season's Scottish Cup final, while both semi-finals will be played at Ibrox. Hampden Park is unavailable because it is being redeveloped to stage the Commonwealth Games next year.

Celtic Park, which last hosted the final when Hearts beat Rangers in 1998 during the rebuilding of Hampden, is Scotland's largest football stadium with a capacity of 60,355. Ibrox holds 51,082.

SFA president Campbell Ogilvie said: "We are fortunate in Scotland to have three world-class football stadia and, with Hampden Park due to undergo redevelopment work ahead of the Commonwealth Games, it is natural that we would seek to utilise both Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium as venues for Scottish football's premier cup competition."

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell was "delighted" with the news.

Lawwell said: "As we have seen this season, Celtic Park continues to be one of the finest stadia in European football."

Irish Independent

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