Report: Celtic-Rangers clash could be scrapped as Scottish Goverment prepare restrictions

By David Walton

September 22, 2020

Concerns are growing that the upcoming Glasgow derby between Celtic and Rangers may be cancelled by the Scottish Government, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Sun believes that Scottish football has been given no guarantees that the game will go ahead with new restrictions set to be laid out by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon later today. This could include a temporary lockdown that may force the game to be scrapped.

The report states that the SPFL are still keen for the match to be played on October 17th at Parkhead. However, public health officials are said to be concerned that supporters will gather in large crowds to watch the match in both households and pubs.

Celtic Park is scheduled to host the first derby of the season / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Restrictions already imposed in Glasgow would ensure that fans don’t attend the contest. But with a greater number of cases spreading throughout the country, the fixture as a whole appears to be in some doubt.

The Sun says that health officials are also concerned that there may also be gatherings near the stadium both pre and post-match given the enormity of the fixture.

A massive concern

Celtic have already had a stop-start beginning to their league campaign after seeing two matches against St Mirren and Aberdeen postponed respectively. This was due to a quarantine breach by Boli Bolingoli.

The last thing the Hoops need is to see the upcoming derby put on hold too. It’s unclear as to how any potential lockdown would affect other games in the country. It seems unlikely that the derby is a special case in that respect.

So much remains up in the air ahead of the First Minister’s comments to the Scottish Parliament later on today. But there’s no denying another postponement of the league, even for two weeks or so, would be extremely detrimental.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon / (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

We can all speculate and give our own opinions on what direction we feel the country should go in ahead of today’s speech from Sturgeon. But until the words come out of her mouth, nothing is certain.

Hopefully, there’s no need to postpone the clash with Rangers, and the Scottish Government decides to put some faith in the public to behave themselves.

But for now, it appears we all have one big anxious wait ahead of us.

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