Cathcart MSP James Dornan has laid down a motion in the Scottish Parliament urging the Scottish Football Association to ignore calls for the Scottish Cup Final to be played a Murrayfield in Edinburgh.
Hampden Park, within Mr Dornan’s Cathcart constituency, has held a number of memorable international and national finals and few stadiums in the world match it for its atmosphere; Mr Dornan believes the final should remain there.
Speaking from Holyrood Mr Dornan said;
“I wholeheartedly congratulate both Hibs and Hearts for reaching the final of the Scottish Cup. Playing at the national stadium in a national final will be something that many of these players will have dreamt about and it would be a shame to take that from them.
“I’m sure that the vast majority of players and fans will be looking forward to seeing the first Scottish Cup Final between these two great clubs since 1896 being played at the home of Scottish Football here in Cathcart, the constituency I have the honour to represent.”
There have been calls from some quarters for the final to be moved to Edinburgh in order to accommodate what is predicted to be a huge demand for tickets to see the first final between the two Edinburgh rivals for over 100 years.
However Mr Dornan said that Glasgow and its famous stadium are the home of Scottish football and both were already gearing up for what promises to be an historic event.
He added: “Glasgow is a great city and Hampden is a great stadium. Both are ready and looking forward to welcoming both sets of fans when their teams take their place in the final on May 19th”