Hearts v Hibs: Date and time confirmed for Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden
Hearts and Hibs will finally contest the 2019/20 Scottish Cup semi-final on Saturday October 31, with a 5pm kick-off at Hampden.
The match will be screened live on BBC Scotland and Premier Sports but will almost certainly be played behind closed doors.
Despite the fixture being a continuation of last season’s competition, the Scottish FA has confirmed that teams will be permitted to make five substitutions in line with the recent changes to Scottish Premiership matches.
The Capital rivals were due to meet in April but the match was indefinitely postponed following Scottish football’s coronavirus-enforced hiatus in mid-March.
It was suggested in May that the ties could be held back until 2021, but confirmed in July that both semi-finals would go ahead before the end of 2020, with the Scottish Cup final scheduled for December 20.
Speaking in July, Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “It has always been our intention to play the tournament to a finish and while the impact of Covid-19 has dramatically altered the schedule, we are confident that the final will be a unique and memorable showpiece event during the Christmas holidays.
“The health and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters are of paramount importance and we will continue to follow the public health guidance from the Scottish government."
Maxwell was hopeful that the rearranged dates would allow for the “best possible chance” of some fans being allowed in but recent coronavirus measures introduced by the Scottish Government may prevent that from being the case.
Celtic take on Aberdeen in the other semi-final on Sunday November 1 at 2.30pm.