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Boyd: Play Old Firm final at Wembley.

Wembley Stadium wants to stage the Scottish Cup Final in May - if it's an Old Firm affair!

The SFA would face a dilemma if Celtic and Rangers reached the final for they'd have to find a neutral venue with Hampden Park still undergoing renovation.

But Wembley bosses would be happy to step in - and Celtic skipper Tom Boyd is ALL FOR the idea of moving the final to London for one year.

Boyd said: "I'd certainly take Wembley as an alternative."

The Old Firm have avoided each other in the final of any competition since 1989 and nine finals have been played at Celtic Park or Ibrox since rebuilding work started at Hampden in 1992.

But with the Glasgow giants hot favourites to go into the semi-finals, the SFA may soon have to seek out a new venue.

SFA press officer Andy Mitchell simply said: "The executive committee will meet to discuss that matter IF the need arises."

But Wembley Stadium spokesman Martin Corrie was more enthusiastic about finding a ready- made home for the Old Firm.

He said: "If the SFA were to request the game be played at Wembley we would be intrigued and confident in our ability to stage such an event.

"In fact we would look forward to it."

Celtic defender Boyd backed Wembley ahead of tossing a coin for home advantage in Glasgow.

He said: "A two-legged final would be more acceptable but the Old Firm players in the Scotland squad have to leave for our World Cup warm- up in America on May 19 so that idea is out.

"I'd favour a one-off final at Wembley."

The Old Firm last met in a cup clash in 1993. A toss of the coin took the sides to Ibrox for the League Cup semi-final.

Season ticket sales at both clubs have rocketed since then and neither Ibrox nor Celtic Park could hold the numbers who would clamour to see an Old Firm final.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Keevins, Hugh
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 8, 1998
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