Go Radio tweet that derby will go ahead; when Celtic can expect official confirmation
Go Radio have this evening tweeted that this Sunday’s Glasgow derby between Celtic and Rangers will go ahead, with official confirmation expected within 24 hours.
The game previously looked to be in major doubt. With Rangers supporters stupidly breaking Covid protocols to flood George Square after their title-win, the government wasn’t impressed [Scottish Sun].
Since Nicola Sturgeon demanded assurances, both Celtic and Rangers have been sending out constant messages urging supporters to stay at home. The likes of John Kennedy, Scott Brown, Steven Gerrard, and James Tavernier have all sent out video clips in a bid to get the game to go ahead.
And it looks as though the Scottish government are satisfied with the efforts made. According to Go Radio, the game has been given the go-ahead by government officials:
Go Radio understands that Celtic v Rangers WILL go ahead this weekend.
Official confirmation on Sunday's Old Firm derby is expected in the next 24 hours.
— Go Radio (@thisisgoradio) March 17, 2021
Celtic awaiting official confirmation; Glasgow derby still massive
For some, this may seem like a dead rubber. Considering 10-in-a-row is finally gone and we know there will be radical changes to the club next season, you can understand that thought process.
However, at the same time, there’s still so much to play for. This remains a highly important game for many Celtic supporters, and there still some strong subplots.
First off, we have to protect the legacy of the invinceables. Failing to stop Rangers from going through the full season unbeaten would be shameful on our part. It would mean we would’ve failed to beat them on four occasions. Securing three points is a big boost in that regard and provides us with a marker for next season.
It’s a massive opportunity for Celtic fans to go into the summer with confidence. The last thing we want is a lingering cloud of doubt regarding whether we can beat our rivals. We showed how close we can get to doing so at Ibrox, it’s time for us to finally get past that mental hurdle.
And this will also be a huge match for the players’ mental state too. For those staying next year, it’s essential they taste a win over Rangers next season. It ensures the get the monkey off their back and go into next season knowing they can take the game to them.
Having this game going ahead is a massive boost for Celtic as a club. Hopefully, we get the result we so desperately need.