Australian journalist reports surprise Celtic derby game set for Sydney
Australian journalist Ray Gatt has reported on Twitter that Celtic and Rangers are set to book a friendly clash with each other in Sydney this November.
The two clubs have never played each other abroad, but that could be about to change if the latest reports are to be believed.
The match would reportedly be played at Sydney’s 83,500 capacity Olympic Stadium and would also take place during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Reporting via his Twitter page, Aussie journalist Gatt said the following:
If there is confirmation tomorrow, it would certainly come as a major surprise to fans of both clubs. You have to imagine it would also be a controversial move given the supporters like to distance themselves from the other set.
The mere prospect of playing a friendly match against them feels impossible. It’s not a fixture that feels as though it can be taken and put on for a show. It feels like there always needs to be something major at stake, and a friendly just doesn’t particularly seem right.
At the moment, we don’t have many details of the plans if they do come to fruition. But it would certainly be a bizarre step from both clubs if it were to happen.
Celtic vs Rangers in Australia would seriously split supporters
It must be said that it will be difficult to gauge how strong both sets of squads could be for the fixture. After all, we have a host of top players who will aspire to be playing in Qatar during that particular international break.
Rangers will be the same, and that’s not even accounting for new signings that could join either club over the summer.
The problem with a friendly match is that, if many are away on international duty, it could turn into a bit of a farce. It would also annoy the players who are away knowing that we could potentially lose a Glasgow derby clash for next to no reason other than we wanted a money-spinning friendly.
It’s a decision that would undoubtedly split supporters. Some may see it as progressive and perhaps even revolutionary for the rivalry. Others, however, simply don’t want to be associated with Rangers and the term “friendly”.
For now, we’ll keep our eyes peeled on whether this gets formally announced. It would still be some time away for sure, but the impact the announcement would have would certainly be substantial.
Celtic vs Rangers in a friendly match in Australia. Regardless of whether it gets finalised or not, it’s certainly surprising that we’re even talking about the prospect.
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