Report: How the SPFL view prospect of another Celtic Park Glasgow Derby postponement

By Euan Davidson

January 4, 2022

The SPFL are incredibly unlikely to entertain requests from either Celtic or Rangers to postpone the rescheduled Glasgow Derby at Parkhead, provided such a bid was made, according to a report.

Both Celtic and Rangers will have players missing for the Derby, scheduled on the 2nd of February. It was originally due to take place on the 2nd of January. However, SPFL top-flight clubs voted to bring the winter break forward.

With the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) on, and Asian countries involved in World Cup qualifiers over late January/early February, there is disruption ahead for Celtic and our bitter rivals. At least Kyogo and Tom Rogic seem certain to miss the fixture. However, according to The Times, the SPFL would take a dim view on a request by either side to reschedule the game again.

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Clubs with three or more players called up for international duty are allowed to ask for a postponement. However, The Times’ report states that the SPFL wouldn’t accept a request. With the winter break being brought forward, the only available dates for rescheduling have been used already.

It comes amidst disruption across football. The Omicron variant has caused widespread chaos, and the SPFL are to ask clubs whether they’d be in favour of 5 substitutions. That’s likely as accommodating as the governing body can be, however.

While it seemed unlikely that Celtic would have asked for the fixture to be moved, both the Bhoys and the Ibrox side would potentially have legitimate cause.

Rangers had a League 1 game called off in 2013, against Dunfermline Athletic, for this reason [Daily Record].

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SPFL unlikely to accommodate another Celtic vs Rangers reshuffle

To be honest, it would’ve been a surprise to see the SPFL move Celtic vs Rangers again. It’s not just a match; the amount of planning around it is significant.

Celtic will miss key players, and so too will Rangers. The Ibrox club will be without Joe Aribo, should Nigeria qualify for the latter rounds of the competition [BBC].

It’s a game that needs played. Celtic should see players returning from injuries, and refreshed after the winter break. Although Tom Rogic and Kyogo have been two of our best players this season, it’s not a fixture the Bhoys ought to fear.

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Whether any of Reo Hatate, Daizen Maeda or Yosuke Ideguchi will be called up for Japan remains a mystery. But Celtic should have the depth and options to claw back some points at the top of the Scottish Premiership when Rangers visit Paradise.

Ange Postecoglou previously laughed off any concerns about Rogic and Kyogo being called up. He said [Herald]: “If they get called up they will be [unavailable].

“There is a lot of violin playing around the place, we are not going to be one of them.”

If there were to be any calls for a postponement, then, they won’t be from Ange Postecoglou.

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