Former Cavan footballer Seánie Johnston wants to see his county's All-Ireland SFC semi-final clash with Dublin played at a smaller venue than Croke Park.

The Dubs' home ground is technically Parnell Park but they have played only one championship game there since the millennium (London in 2004) with the vast majority of the rest taking place on Jones' Road.

That is generally considered necessary to accommodate Dublin's large fan base but with Covid making the attendance of supporters highly unlikely on 5 December, Johnston would like to see their game against the newly-crowned Ulster champions played at a smaller neutral venue.

"You want to test yourself against the best and there's no doubt Cavan are going to play the best team in the country," he told 2fm's Game On.

"Do you want to play their best team in the country in their home ground? I don’t think they do.

"Why would Cavan want to go to Croke Park when they could potentially play Dublin in a smaller venue – it's not as if there are going to be huge crowds there."

"A lot of this Cavan team have been around a while and have played in Croke Park, played in National League finals. So it’s not a novelty of just going to play there."

Anyone watching Dublin annihilate Meath to secure their 10th Leinster title on the trot might be forgiven for thinking that Cavan could play Dublin on the moon for all the difference it would make to the scoreline.

But Johnston pointed out that the Breffni County were written off at every stage in their march to a first Ulster title in 23 years and said the statistics showed Dublin performed better at HQ.

"Can Cavan win this game? Everyone is going to say no but everyone said they couldn’t win yesterday as well.

"They have a better chance outside of Croke Park. The stats are there. I think Dublin are +10 in distance of winning there and outside it goes to +5.

"It’s something Cavan need to look at and I felt it was something Meath need to look at as well."