Rangers have been handed an incredible advantage ahead of the clash against Celtic on February 2 as the pendulum swings firmly back into the Ibrox side’s favour.
Only a week ago, Rangers looked set to be without Alfredo Morelos, Joe Aribo, James Sands, and Kemar Roofe for the rearranged Old Firm tie due to international call ups. With Aribo already representing Nigeria at AFCON.
Over the last few days, the news has been kind to Rangers, with both Sands and Roofe staying in Glasgow as they haven’t been called up for their respective nations. Nigeria was defeated by Tunisia in their last 16 clash which has sent the Super Eagles home early and means Aribo will be free to play against Celtic.
Pendulum swing means Rangers hold an advantage over Celtic
Contrast our good fortune to that of Celtics and you can see that the footballing pendulum has swung in our favour.
Celtic will be missing Tom Rogic, Daizen Maeda, Callum McGregor, and potentially Kyogo Furuhashi for the match at Celtic Park.
The Ibrox side can strike a psychological blow in the title race if we emerge from the match with all three points.
This just goes to show how unpredictable football really is. With the Rangers faithful verging on despair a week ago to gleefully rubbing it in following Nigeria’s shock defeat which means talisman Aribo can be let loose against Celtic.
The one disappointment is that Morelos will be missing for Rangers following his international call-up, although Giovanni van Bronckhorst has recalled Cedric Itten from his Bundesliga loan spell to give the Gers more options in the attacking department.
With the tie being rearranged for a midweek date, there will sure to be fireworks as the race for the title really begins to heat up.