Scottish Cup semi-finals: When Rangers v Celtic and Hearts v Hibs ties are likely to be played

The draw for the Scottish Cup semi-finals has been made – with a derby bonanza as Rangers play Celtic and Hearts meet Hibs.

The question on every supporter’s lips now is: when will the matches at Hampden be played?

The ties are officially scheduled for the weekend of April 16/17 – which is Easter weekend – with one match planned for the Saturday and another the following day.

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It is likely, however, that Rangers v Celtic will be played on the Sunday.

It will be two derbies in semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

This is because if Rangers are involved in the Europa League quarter-finals, then they are set to be in action the Thursday before on April 14. They lead Red Star Belgrade 3-0 from the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Requiring a three-day gap between fixtures, the match would be scheduled for the Sunday with latest kick-off time the authorities will allow if Rangers avoid a heavy defeat in Belgrade.

That would put Hearts v Hibs on the Saturday, with either a likely lunchtime or evening kick-off.

It is expected that the dates will be finalised at the end of this week or at the start of the next one once Rangers European commitments become clearer.

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