The SFA and SPFL say they will look to ensure that Hampden's playing surface is of the best possible condition for the Viaplay Cup final next month.

In a joint statement, the governing bodies of Scottish football insist they will look to mitigate the impact of weather on the playing surface at the national stadium.

Rangers will take on Celtic on Sunday, February 26 in the showpiece event to decide the first silverware of the campaign.

Michael Beale's side saw off Aberdeen in extra-time to battle their way to the final, while the Hoops defeated Kilmarnock on Saturday.

One of the main talking points from the full weekend of action at Hampden was the poor state of the pitch.

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The heavy rain and wind did not help matters in terms of the games, but it was clear that all four teams involved struggled at points with the cut-up turf.

Now, with the cup final coming up in around six-weeks, along with Scotland's Euros qualifiers in March, both the SFA and SPFL have pledged to take action.

A joint statement reads: “The Scottish FA and Scottish Professional Football League have today discussed ways in which we can mitigate the ongoing inclement weather to optimise the playing surface for the Viaplay Cup Final next month and forthcoming international matches at Hampden Park.

“The inclement weather conditions, allied to the fixture schedule being dictated by a winter World Cup, contributed to the underfoot conditions during two otherwise exciting and entertaining semi-final ties.

"Whilst significant work was completed in late October, enhanced pitch maintenance provision is being investigated as a priority, to ensure the best possible surface is available for the remainder of the season, notwithstanding the sustained forecast for more rain and challenging weather conditions.”


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