The SFA confirmed today that Hearts William Hill Scottish Cup quarter final against Partick Thistle at Firhill will be played on the evening of Monday 4th March with a 7.05pm kick-off.
The game will be broadcast live on BBC Scotland. The fixture change will come as a disappointment for many Hearts fans, especially schoolchildren, who might not be able to attend a Monday night tie. Hearts have been allocated 2,200 tickets.
Hibernian’s quarter final tie with Celtic at Easter Road will kick off at 5.15pm on Saturday 2nd March and will be broadcast live on Premier Sports.
The full Scottish Cup quarter-final schedule is
Saturday 2 March: Hibernian v Celtic5.15pm
Sunday 3 March: Aberdeen v Kilmarnock or Rangers 1.30pm
Sunday 3 March; Dundee United v Ross County or Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3.30pm
Monday 4 March: Partick Thistle v Heart of Midlothian 7.05pm
Hearts fans were dealt more disappointing news when it was confirmed defenders Michael Smith and Demetri Mitchell will be side-lined by injury for the next few weeks. Smith has a torn muscle in his thigh and has damaged a tendon. Mitchell has damaged the lateral meniscus in his knee.
Hearts manager Craig Levein told the official Hearts website:
“We have Marcus Godinho and Jamie Brandon back and they have both played and played well,” he said. “I have been pleased with Marcus when he has played so I have no complaints there.
“With Demi it was innocuous, it was his standing leg and it was just the way he twisted after he shot.
“But we have Jake Mulraney and Bobby Burns who can play there as well.”