Scottish Government won't be postponing Celtic vs Rangers fixture
Scottish Government first minister Nicola Sturgeon has disclosed that next Saturday’s Celtic vs Rangers clash won’t be cancelled, the Daily Record reports.
At the same time, the government asked fans to be responsible and not gather in houses to watch the game.
“There’s certainly no plans, as far as I’m aware, to cancel the Old Firm match” Sturgeon said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
The government’s national clinical director Jason Leitch also confirmed that the game will go ahead.
“No intention for us to ask for it to be cancelled”
“There is no intention for us to ask for it to be cancelled. I would ask people just to be so, so careful, and mixing households is how the virus spreads. So watch it in your own home and don’t, don’t mix households.” he said, also as quoted by the Daily Record.
It is a relief that Celtic can go ahead with the team’s plans for the game without the threat of cancellation hanging over it.
Of course, the teams were meant to play each other at Ibrox in March. However, that was the first game cancelled due to the pandemic.
Now Celtic and Rangers can meet on the pitch for the first time since last December. 10 months is a long time to wait for a Glasgow derby.
Hoops’ preparation has already been disrupted
Celtic’s preparation for the game has already been interrupted. Odsonne Edouard is currently self-isolating in France after being diagnosed with Covid-19. As far as we know is due to return to Glasgow next Friday, a week today. The day before the game.
Whilst Ryan Christie is definitely ruled out of the game. He was in close contact with someone – former Celtic star Stuart Armstrong – who tested positive whilst away on international duty with Scotland. Christie will still be self-isolating when the game takes place.
The news that the game is set to go ahead hopefully signals no more disruptions to Celtic’s predation for the fixture.
Neil Lennon can now spend the next week working on his tactics for the match. Safe in the knowledge the Hoops can put down a marker for the rest of the season in the derby.