Scottish Cup

Scottish Cup To Resume From 23 March

The Scottish Cup will resume from Tuesday 23 March, the SFA confirmed today.

A revised timetable for the completion of the competition has also been published:

  • Second Round – Tuesday 23 March
  • Third Round – Saturday 3 April
  • Fourth Round – Saturday 17 April
  • Fifth Round – Saturday 24 April
  • Semi-Finals – Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May
  • Final: Saturday 22 May

Aberdeen will face Dumbarton or Huntly in the third round of the cup on Saturday 3 April.

The competition will see the introduction of concussion substitutes on a trial basis, following approval by the Scottish FA Board and confirmation by the International Football Association Board [IFAB].

In the event of an actual or suspected concussion, clubs will be allowed to use a maximum of two concussions replacements, regardless of the number of substitutions already made. The opposition will be permitted to make another change at the time a concussion substitution is made.

Ian Maxwell, Scottish FA Chief Executive said: “The Scottish Cup is our flagship competition and we are pleased that the temporary suspension of the lower leagues has now been lifted to allow the matches to resume.

“With the green shoots of hope emerging with the continuing successful rollout of the vaccination programme and the announcement of restrictions easing in the future, the news that the Scottish Cup Final will be played in May at Hampden Park will hopefully come as a further boost to Scottish football fans this week.

“The remaining rounds will be played in quick succession and with the fixtures coming thick and fast as the domestic season comes to a conclusion, the showpiece Scottish Cup Final will once again provide an exciting finale for the Scottish football season.”