Rangers’ opponents Celtic are set to be without key man David Turnbull for the rearranged Old Firm clash in early February [Scotsman].

The two sides were due to face off on 2 January but the match was moved back a month after the majority of Premiership clubs voted in favour of bringing forward the winter break.

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It was a disappointing blow for Rangers as they could potentially be without a host of key players for the match.

It looked like a much better development for Ange Postecoglou, as he is currently without a number of players due to injury.


Celtic star to miss rearranged Old Firm

However, it seems that the month delay won’t be sufficient for Turnbull to return to fitness.

The Scotsman reports that the midfielder will miss at least the next two months with a hamstring injury picked up in Celtic’s League Cup final win over Hibernian.

An absence of that length would see him miss the rearranged derby and Celtic’s Europa Conference League play-off clashes against Bodo/Glimt.

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Turnbull absence a boost for Gers

Postecoglou will now have to change his plans for the Old Firm, as Turnbull has been a key performer for him so far this season.

Prior to sustaining his injury, the 22-year-old had started every Hoops match across all competitions.

He’s mustered nine goals and seven assists from his 34 appearances but the ex-Motherwell starlet’s career numbers are poor against the Gers.

Turnbull has yet to score a goal or notch an assist against Rangers, losing seven and drawing one of his eight fixtures against the current champions of Scotland.

Meanwhile, a reported Rangers transfer target scored again on Monday as his impressive pre-January window form continues.

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