Confirmed: Stranraer v Hibs Scottish Cup tie moved due to Prince Philip's funeral
Jack Ross’ men were originally scheduled to play League 2 outfit Stranraer on Saturday, April 17 at Stair Park with a 12.15pm kick-off, broadcast live on BBC television.
However, with the Duke of Edinburgh’s service beginning at 3pm on the Saturday and the state broadcaster expected to begin their coverage of it several hours beforehand, the decision was taken to move the match to Sunday, April 18 at 12.15pm. The match will still be screened on BBC Scotland.
This outcome means that Hibs will need to rearrange travel and accommodation plans – plus they will have 24 hours less to prepare for a crucial Premiership match at home to Livingston on Wednesday, April 24, although the Lions’ tie with Aberdeen has been moved forward to the Saturday at 5.30pm at the request of TV broadcasters.
The fourth-round tie between Rangers and Celtic has also been moved to the Sunday with a 3pm kick-off.
Full list of ties: Friday, April 16 – St. Mirren v Inverness Caledonian Thistle; kick-off 6pm, Motherwell v Greenock Morton; kick-off 7pm, Forfar Athletic v Dundee United; kick-off 7.45pm (live on BBC Scotland). Saturday, 17 April – Kilmarnock v Montrose; kick-off 11.45am, St. Johnstone v Clyde; kick-off 5.30pm: Aberdeen v Livingston; kick-off 5.30pm (live on Premier Sports). Sunday, 18 April – Stranraer v Hibs; kick-off 12.15pm (live on BBC One), Rangers v Celtic; kick-off 3pm (live on Premier Sports).