Scottish Cup: Rangers & Celtic semi-final date set

Celtic v Rangers
Celtic beat Rangers in last season's League Cup semi-final

Rangers will play Celtic in their Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park on Sunday 17 April.

The Scottish Football Association said the Old Firm derby will have a 12:00 GMT kick-off at the national stadium.

Dundee United will take on either Hibernian or holders Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the other semi-final on Saturday 16 April at 12:15.

BBC Scotland will broadcast live television coverage of the second tie, also being played at Hampden.

Caley Thistle will host Hibs in their replay on 16 March following a 1-1 draw at Easter Road.

Meanwhile, Hibs or United could face three of their biggest-ever fixtures within a week, should either reach the Scottish Cup final and be involved in the Premiership play-offs.

United are currently bottom of the top flight, while Hibs are third in the Championship, with the second bottom Premiership side destined to play the final against the winner of a series of play-offs from the division below

The dates for the final will be changed should they feature a team in the cup final.

If that applies to either Hibs or Dundee United, the first leg of the play-off would be played on Tuesday 17 May, with the second leg on the 25th, four days after the Scottish Cup final.

There is a scenario where Rangers could be involved in this too, although it seems unlikely they will surrender a 12-point lead at the top of the Championship and be forced into a play-off.

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