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Fans still waiting for Scottish Cup news as Rangers vs Celtic and host of Saturday games subject of talks



FANS are still waiting to find out when next weekend’s Scottish Cup ties will be played.

But they look certain to be moved after the Scottish Grand National was put back 24 hours to Sunday to avoid a clash with Prince Philip’s funeral.

Fans are still waiting to hear about Scottish Cup ties but they look certain to be moved


Fans are still waiting to hear about Scottish Cup ties but they look certain to be movedCredit: Kenny Ramsay – The Sun Glasgow

The Old Firm clash, scheduled for Saturday, is the subject of talks between TV companies and football bosses — as are the five other fourth-round ties presently scheduled for Saturday.

There are also nine league games in the Championship and Leagues One and Two that are being discussed by the SPFL. But after the biggest date in the Scottish racing calendar was put back a day, pressure is building on football chiefs to follow suit.

The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will be held at St George’s Chapel at 3pm on Saturday. 

The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will be held at 3pm on Saturday


The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will be held at 3pm on SaturdayCredit: Getty

A post on social media channels on Sunday claimed the Old Firm clash had been moved to Friday April 16, with a 7.45 kick-off.

But this has not been confirmed by either broadcaster Premier Sports or the SFA.

The first Scottish Cup tie next Saturday — Hibs’ visit to Stranraer — is also in jeopardy.

It’s due to kick-off at 12.45pm and be screened live on BBC Scotland.

However, if it went to extra-time and penalties it would go beyond the 2.45pm cut-off time.

Another issue football chiefs are wrangling with is that there is a full midweek calendar in the Premiership on Wednesday week.

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And all five lower league clubs due to play in the Cup this Saturday have league fixtures scheduled for next Tuesday.

There will be no racing in Britain between 2.45pm and 4.15pm on Saturday as a mark of respect for Prince Philip, who died on Friday morning aged 99.

All 32 English  Football League fixtures scheduled to start at 3pm on Saturday have also been cancelled, while the English Premier League are in talks with Wolves about moving their home game against Sheffield United, which is due to kick-off at 3pm.

The Scottish Grand National had been due to take place at 3.35pm on Saturday, after the start of Prince Philip’s funeral service at 3pm.

Ayr Racecourse’s managing director David Brown said: “We totally support the decision to move the Coral Scottish Grand National from Saturday to Sunday as a mark of respect to HRH Prince Philip, and to avoid a clash with his funeral.

“I believe the correct and proper decision has been made.”

Racing at Newbury has also been postponed, while meetings at Bangor and Thirsk will take place earlier than scheduled to allow them to finish up by 2.45pm.

A statement from the BHA said: “As a mark of respect for the funeral ceremony of the Duke of Edinburgh, it has been agreed no racing will take place in  Britain between 2.45pm and 4.15pm.”

Premiership Rugby is also moving all games that were scheduled between 3pm and 4pm.

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UEFA Super Cup 2021 – how to watch Chelsea v Villareal live



The start of the football season brings all sorts of curtain-raiser fixtures, usually involving the league champions playing a domestic cup winner (as is the case with the Community Shield). European football is no exception, as the annual UEFA Super Cup match pits two trophy winners against each other to see who’s the best.

This is Villareal’s first Super Cup final, following their dramatic victory against Manchester United in a Europa League final where literally anyone and everyone took penalties (if you want to watch it again, then UEFA’s shared all 15 minutes and 23 seconds of it).

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Meanwhile, Chelsea appear in the Super Cup for the fifth time – and it’s the third time they’ll be playing in it as Champions League winners following their 1-0 win over Manchester City.

So far, they have only won the Super Cup once, in 1998. Could they do it again? Here’s how you can tune in…

UEFA Super Cup 2021 date and location

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The UEFA Super Cup 2021 match takes place on Wednesday, August 11 at Windsor Park in Belfast. The game will kick off at 8pm local time.

Super Cup tickets are no longer available – the application period closed on August 2 – and there will be a maximum of 13,000 spectators. Everyone will need to show either proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow COVID-19 test to enter the stadium, and further information is available via UEFA and nidirect.

Previously played as two fixtures, the Super Cup match is now a one-off match in a neutral venue. Extra time and penalties will apply as usual, and each team can choose from a subs’ bench of 12 players (using up to five, and a sixth substitute in the event of extra time).

the uefa super cup trophy on a plinth positioned on an empty football pitch, the stand opposite is reflected in the cup, which has the words 'super competition' written on its base

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One interesting fact – according to UEFA’s own lengthy Super Cup rulebook, the winning team will not take home the actual trophy (although they will be presented with it after the match).

Instead, “a full-size replica trophy, the UEFA Super Cup winners’ trophy, is awarded to the winning club” and it “may not leave the club’s country without UEFA’s prior written consent”.

UEFA Super Cup 2021 – how to watch live

If you’re in the UK, the place to watch the UEFA Super Cup match between Chelsea and Villareal is on BT Sport, which has exclusive rights.

If you’re not already a BT Sport member, the easiest way to sign up is by getting a Monthly Pass. This contract-free arrangement is priced at £25 per month for 30 days’ access (it does renew automatically, but you can cancel whenever you wish).

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Buy BT Sport Monthly Pass

The Monthly Pass grants access to BT Sport’s channels, covering a comprehensive range of sport including selected Premier League games, plus the French top flight Ligue 1, Moto GP, Gallagher Premiership Rugby, WWE and UFC, to name just a few highlights.

Then, there’s the Champions League and Europa League coverage you’ve come to expect from BT as well, along with the brand new Europa Conference League.

You can use the BT Sport app or web player at to watch the game, and can log in on two different devices and watch up to two different channels at once.

Other purchase options are also available on contract, if you’re interested in other BT channels or BT Broadband. More info on those here.

Meanwhile in the US, Paramount+ will carry the game as part of an agreement which also includes Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Conference League coverage until the end of the 2023/24 season.

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SsangYong Motors announces partnership with Gloucester Rugby



SsangYong Motors has announced a newly formed partnership with Gloucester Rugby and its Academy.

SsangYong Motors will supply five Musso pick-up trucks to mobilise its community development coaches when visiting schools, clubs and other local organisations in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire.

Lance Bradley, CEO at Gloucester Rugby, said: “At Gloucester Rugby, we want young players to enjoy playing rugby and embrace the values and ethos of our great game. We want to reach out to as many boys and girls as we can and help develop them as good players as well as good people. We understand that not all players will go on to elite level, but we want them to continue to enjoy the game and continue playing for their local schools and clubs, giving back to the local community. We believe we can help them on this journey.

“Playing rugby as a youngster should be about enjoying the process of development and the new pathway is aiming to achieve this so that the young players who progress through the Academy want to continue with rugby after they graduate. The Musso pick-up trucks will be invaluable to us when our coaches are travelling between organisations and carrying the equipment necessary for these activities.”

The community development coaches will cover five districts in the area – Stroud and Cirencester, Forest of Dean, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury, Gloucester and West Oxfordshire.

Jim Tyrrell, chairman at SsangYong Motors, added; “As a lifelong supporter of Gloucester, I’m thrilled to partner with our local Premiership Rugby club and help engage with grassroots rugby in the community. The SsangYong Musso is a go-anywhere and versatile beast, perfect for the job in hand. Gloucester Rugby is a great fit for us, and we look forward to developing the relationship further.”

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