North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles today led Parliament in urging changes to the arrangements for the League Cup Semi-finals, after Scotrail said the logistical challenge they pose "shouldn't be underestimated" and police representatives described it as "idiotic".
In response to Mr Rumbles' topical question, Minister for Public Health Sport and Wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick, said the Scottish Government "recognise there is anger", and confirmed that the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and Scotrail were not consulted prior to the announcement but are now "actively engaging".
Police Scotland have now announced that they will reopen talks with the SPFL about the ties, which are both due to take place at Hampden on Sunday, October 28.
Mr Rumbles said:
“This should be a fantastic opportunity for families across the country to get to these showpieces of Scottish football but the fans, clubs, train operator and police officers say the planning has been botched.
“Families are thinking twice about going, and that’s a concern when we are wanting young people to be inspired and active.
“And though we all hope people will act responsibly, people are concerned about what could happen as a result of 100,000 fans from four rival teams congregating in one area on the same day.
“It is clearly time for everyone to recognise that a mistake has been made and the schedule must change.”