Murrayfield Offers To Host Football Derby

Scottish Rugby confirmed today they have approached the SFA about the possibility of Murrayfield hosting a Tennent's Scottish Cup semi-final. The all-Edinburgh semi between Hibernian and Hearts takes place the weekend of 1st and 2nd April and Murrayfield could provide a neutral home venue in the capital, as an alternative to Hampden.

With Scottish Rugby willing to offer its 67,800 seater stadium for the game, it is expected that the SFA will be consulting those clubs still participating in the tournament and the relevant authorities as to the merits of using Murrayfield for the Edinburgh derby match.

Gordon McKie, the SRU Chief Executive said: "We'd be willing to host the game. If the SFA, Hibs and Hearts want to offer their fans an Edinburgh venue, I think Murrayfield fits the bill perfectly. It's bigger than Hampden and cuts out any travelling issues. We have excellent relations with both clubs and they'd be welcome here."
The much anticipated match will be the first time the two Edinburgh SPL teams have met in a Scottish Cup semi final since 1901. The winner will take on either second division Gretna or first division Dundee or Hamilton Academical.