BT Sport and Scottish football journalist Darrell Currie took a sarcastic dig at the SPFL over the fixture list which was released this morning.

Currie took to Twitter to say “I wish I had a computer that randomly gave me everything I asked for…”.

This is in relation to the first Old Firm game of the season being moved to accommodate Celtic by providing the greatest opportunity to get fans into the ground.

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Rangers will play Celtic on the 17th of October, match 11 in the first round of fixtures in the 12-team league – the latest it could possibly be scheduled.

The SPFL’s decision to do this also came after comments made by Neil Lennon pleading with the executive to move the match.

 

“Should the first Old Firm game be pushed back? I think that’s what everyone would want,” said Lennon [Scottish Sun].

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“Everyone associated with the game would want that and the clubs would want that.

“I’m sure it would suit the TV companies as well.”

Celtic – as per always it seems – got exactly what they wanted, and the rest of the clubs are forced to deal with it.

Some Rangers fans have already kicked up a stink about this online but the decision to do this has far-reaching consequences beyond the Old Firm duopoly.

Why do Celtic get to decide when and where they’re randomly generated fixtures for home games with potentially considerable gate receipts and season-defining consequences?

Rangers will face Celtic at Celtic Park later into the season – keeping with the request of Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It once again brings into question the integrity of those running our game and BT Sport journalist Currie is perfectly justified in sarcastically calling this out.

The SPFL have been contacted requesting clarity over how the fixture generation system works and asking if the first Old Firm fixture was deliberately placed. They are yet to respond.

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