"We realise there are some homes in Scotland who cannot receive Channel Five, but it will mean people south of the border can enjoy the action," a spokesman for the Scottish Football Association said.
BBC Scotland were furious after putting in their largest-ever bid for a game. Ian Small, a BBC Scotland spokesman, said: "We are both angry and astonished at the SFA's decision to award Channel Five this game. We believe the decision will deprive around a million Scottish football fans from viewing live coverage of the match.
"We have made a huge investment in Scottish football over the season, only for a prime game to be cherry-picked by Channel Five, which ignores our record."
Duncan Ferguson will make his Everton comeback today for the reserves against Manchester United.Reuse content