BBC journalist claims talks on Celtic Park derby will be held tomorrow; all options on the table

By David Walton

March 11, 2021

BBC political journalist Glenn Campbell has tweeted that talks regarding next weekend’s Glasgow derby will take place tomorrow.

Celtic and Rangers will be involved in the conversations. Alongside them will be Justice Minister Humza Yousaf and Minister for Public Health and Sport Mairi Gougeon. Police Scotland and Glasgow City council will also be involved.

The Scottish Government have reportedly stated that all options are on the table.

There have been increasing fears that next weekend’s meeting between the two sides will be scrapped. This came after Rangers fans shamelessly left George Square an absolute mess whilst breaching Covid rules.

Celtic are still looking to secure their first victory against Rangers this season after two defeats.

Celtic must do all they can to get this game on; Hoops need derby victory

It will appear to some as though this game is in real danger of being called off. Whilst that could be the case, I feel there’s scope to look on the bright side here.

It’s difficult to see so many parties involved in the talks just for the game to be squashed. It would be more likely that a joint plan was set up so the game can go as smoothly as possible.

Celtic are due to face Rangers next Sunday (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If the game is called off, it reflects terribly on everyone. And all because the Rangers fans decided they were above the law because their team finally won a league title.

In a sporting context, Celtic need this game to go ahead. Supporters are itching for some derby success, and it would undoubtedly give us something provide us with some positivity ahead of the new season.

We’ll see what the next 24 hours bring. There are no guarantees a final verdict will be reached. But at the very least, some genuine progress on what’s happening here looks set to be provided.

In other news, Celtic fans’ petition on cutting ties with Parks of Hamilton is gathering pace.