The next Old Firm is scheduled for 31st March, at Celtic Park.
Victory for the Gers will be the only way to keep faint hopes of winning the SPL title alive, and that’s assuming they can defeat Kilmarnock, this coming Saturday.
No matter what’s riding on it though, it will be a huge occasion. Especially, after Rangers’ victory in the most recent edition, back in December.
However, it has emerged that Steven Gerrard is set to have a few selection concerns ahead of the game.
Many members of his first team squad will be in international action, but three in particular, will be playing thousands of miles away just days before the derby.
Jet lag and fatigue is therefore bound to be a factor for the players, and their manager will have to take that into account.
The 22-year-old goal machine is in the Colombia squad for friendlies against Japan (22 March) and South Korea (26 March). With the fixtures taking place in the latter nation’s capital, this means Morelos will have to travel over 5,000 miles to get back to Glasgow.
Kamara has been named in the Finland squad for their first two European Championship qualifying fixtures. However, while he won’t be leaving the continent, he’s still got quite a distance to travel. Their second fixture, against Armenia, will take place in Yerevan (26 March). That’s still over 3,000 miles from Scotland’s second city.
Finally, Arfield is in action for his adopted nation, Canada. Encouragingly, they only have one fixture. It’s an important one, though. They take on French Guiana in Vancouver (24 March). Arfield will be done and dusted sooner than the other two. Yet, there’s still over 4,000 miles between the venue of his international duty and his club game just six days later.