Celtic boss insists they will 'crack on and play' Rangers next month
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Postecoglou claims Celtic will 'crack on and play' Old Firm v Rangers

There has been plenty of speculation over whether next month’s Old Firm clash will go ahead with both Rangers and Celtic potentially losing players to international duty and Parkhead boss Ange Postecoglous has hinted his side might not bottle it for a second time.

After the New Year derby was pushed back – with Rangers fans certain their rivals were desperate to avoid the champions after a spate of hamstring injuries – the February 2 date could also be changed if either side have enough players called up to trigger a request with the SPFL for a postponement.

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However, the Celtic boss insists his side will “crack on and play the games we need to play” in the clearest indication yet that the Gers will get the chance to extend their long unbeaten run in the Old Firm at the start of next month.


“That falls into the department of stuff that I don’t really think about. It’s not a problem yet,” Postecoglou said [Scottish Sun].

“I could spend hours thinking about it and what we were going to do and strategise and have meetings on it — then, in the end, find out that only one gets selected. I’m not going to worry about that.

“We’ll plan as we always have, that when we lose players to international duty we’ll crack on and play the games we need to play.

“At the moment, there’s no point even thinking about that. As it stands, none of the players have been selected, so until that happens we’ll look at it then.”

Postponing Celtic v Rangers again would be embarrassing for SPFL

After the original dates were moved – with the clubs all having input on the rearranged dates – a postponement of the Old Firm would be another humiliation for the SPFL.

Clubs were well aware there would be the potential for call-ups later this month so agreeing to the scheduling of the Rangers-Celtic game then if there was any prospect of it later being called off is a nonsense.

Thankfully, it sounds as though it will go ahead as planned and Rangers fans will be hoping the unbeaten Old Firm record is extended and the Light Blues take a massive step towards 56.

Meanwhile, a Rangers-linked attacker is reportedly now pushing to leave his current club this month.

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