No final day switch discussions between Hibs and Falkirk

Hibs have met Falkirk three times already and will see the Bairns twice within two weeks
Hibs have met Falkirk three times already and will see the Bairns twice within two weeks

Falkirk are still due to host Hibs on the final league game of the season on May 2, as originally scheduled, because no discussions to the contrary have been held.

The match could have a significant bearing on the SPFL play-off placings with the Bairns still hanging onto an outside hope of qualifying for the promotion showdowns and Hibs vying for second place and a bye to the second round of matches.

However the SPFL today annouced another key match in the play-off race has been moved to the following day for TV scheduling. Hibs’ rivals for the second place, Rangers, will now play Hearts 24hours after the Hibees visit Falkirk at Westfield.

That has prompted criticism and calls for the games to be played simultaneously to avoid any side having a potential advantage.

An SPFL statement expressed the governing body was “unclear as to why this had caused such surprise” as the match would “attract huge interest from fans around the world”.

It added: “All Championship clubs have been invited to submit a request should they wish to move games to the Sunday.

“To date the only feedback is from one club to have it’s match remain on the Saturday.”

Hibs have not submitted a request and The Falkirk Herald understands no discussions have been held between the Easter Road club and Falkirk, or between the Bairns and SPFL.

It is also understood Falkirk would be “fiercely against” a date change. The Bairns have secured match sponsorship from Citrus Office Solutions and sold several hospitality packages for one of the most popular days of the season in the lounges.