Celtic are set to receive an increased allocation for this weekend's Scottish Cup final after Inverness returned a number of tickets.

Scotland's showpiece clash is set to take place on Saturday at the later time of 5:30pm, due to a clash with the FA Cup between Manchester United and Manchester City getting underway at 3pm.

The Scottish Sun say Inverness will take just 6,000 fans for the fixture, after "sluggish" sales due to the later kick-off time against treble-chasing Celtic.

As a result, Celtic are set to receive more briefs for the clash giving them a bumper advantage in terms of numbers at the national stadium.

We told yesterday how the BBC have confirmed that their coverage of the Scottish Cup final may be forced into a channel switch if the FA Cup in England goes to extra time.

A story on the BBC website states: “The Cup Final will be shown live on BBC One Scotland and iPlayer, with the Sportscene programme also having a half-hour build-up on the BBC Scotland channel.

“If the FA Cup Final goes to extra-time and penalties, the Scottish Cup will be start on BBC Scotland and move to BBC One Scotland when the former is finished.”

Celtic have voiced their concerns over the move of kick-off time. A club statement read: "We are hugely disappointed that the Scottish Cup Final has been moved from its traditional 3pm slot, something we don’t believe was necessary, or in the best interests of both sets of supporters. 

“Additionally, there was no meaningful consultation with Celtic on this matter, in terms of assessing the many issues affecting supporters attending the match - something which is also extremely regrettable.”