Next season’s Celtic games against Rangers in the Scottish Premiership could be delayed by the SPFL until 2021, The Scottish Sun report this weekend.
With the prospect of playing matches behind closed doors in the initial stages of the 2020/21 season, the league is looking for ways to make next term as attractive as possible for supporters and broadcasters.
The biggest fixtures in the country are our games against the Ibrox team and it would make sense to fully utilise the atmosphere generated by a sold-out crowd if possible.
During a normal league campaign, there is a derby in early September before a traditional match-up between Christmas and New Year.
Next season we would be due to host Steven Gerrard’s first before heading to Ibrox.
Now though it appears there is growing support for a full delay on these matches until the second half of the season.
The Scottish Sun report that the SPFL proposals have the support of clubs and that Sky Sports are ready to give the green light too.
The national broadcaster will have exclusivity on the Premiership next season after putting pen to paper on a £125m deal.
It’s all now set to be raised at more video conference meetings this week after a final decision is made on Hearts’ reconstruction plans, according to the paper.
Clearly this is not an ideal situation but most fans would probably welcome getting the opportunity to see a derby in person rather than be forced to watch it on television.
Anything that gives us a greater chance of that happening should be welcomed.
It will also set up a blockbuster end to the Scottish Premiership season, with Celtic pushing for a tenth title in a row.
A gauntlet of four matches against the Ibrox outfit in the space of just a few months is nothing to fear.