Report: Celtic Park derby won't be moved in wake of whining from rivals

By John McGinley

April 16, 2022

Celtic’s upcoming fixture against Rangers in the Scottish Premiership won’t be moved, The Daily Record reports.

Today, Giovanni van Bronckhorst publicly stated his desire for the SPFL to help the Ibrox club with their Europa League encounter against RB Leipzig by facilitating the movement of fixtures. [Football Scotland]

One of the Premiership matches heavily discussed by supporters today was the May 1st derby at Paradise, which falls in between both legs of the European semi-final.

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However, The Record carries quotes from a league spokesperson who has confirmed the fixture requested for movement is their upcoming clash vs Motherwell, which comes before the tie.

They said: “The SPFL has received a request from Rangers to move forward their game with Motherwell on Sunday to assist with their preparations for the Leipzig game. The SPFL is in discussions with Motherwell, Sky Sports and Police Scotland regarding the request.”

Ultimately this game being moved has little impact on Celtic, so it’s not really our concern. The Bhoys play away to Ross County next Sunday afternoon, which was always due to take place after their fixture.

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Thankfully there doesn’t seem to be any desire to move the derby itself, meaning Ange Postecoglou and the Bhoys can get on with the current schedule.

For me, all of this whining from across the city is rather absurd. You’d think they’d just get on with it. This is modern football and the schedule is tough when you’re competing in multiple tournaments.

But if they’re looking for favours from the SPFL, so be it – as long as it has nothing to do with us.

In other news, Why Celtic weren’t allowed a tifo display at Hampden; club guidance also issued on flag plans.