Celtic fans' reaction to the Glasgow derby date change

By David Walton

January 16, 2019

The Glasgow derby fixture change certainly earned some great social media points yesterday.

For those who perhaps haven’t heard, the March derby with Rangers at Parkhead has been pulled forward to March 31st at 12 noon. It was previously scheduled to take place on March 30th.

It’s a simple change forward from Saturday to Sunday, but many have given some strong opinions on it. The Hoops fans gave a mixture of the funny and serious when it came to their replies.

Here, we take a quick look from Twitter at some of the wide-ranging comments on the new date.

Is this unfair on certain supporters?

You can see why a host of supporters may be upset. Many will have had pre-arranged flights that they’ll now need to cancel. Once again, it does smack of a lack of empathy towards an element of the support.

Not to mention that both sides could have a substantial support coming from the Irish isles in particular.

It’s difficult to see the sense in any of this. If Celtic remain in Europe it also changes nothing. The Hoops wouldn’t have a fixture anywhere near the previous Thursday. Therefore, it looks as though this is simply Sky TV flexing their muscles once again and overpowering the supporters.

The last derby at Parkhead took place on a Sunday too (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Many fans would’ve rather had the game on the Saturday. It allows a large element to go out and party/celebrate afterwards whilst also being (relatively) fit for work on the Monday. Switching the match to Sunday robs them of the chance to celebrate properly (or go to work).

Regardless, it is what it is and supporters are once again told to just get on with it.

The last derby match at Parkhead took place on a Sunday, and it was certainly a memorable one. The last match at Ibrox however, was on a Saturday.

Here’s hoping the Beautiful Sunday tune will be getting blared in many Hoops’ fans households on the night of the 31st.