As the Rangers team gets a well-earned break with their families this week, Celtic are jetting off to Dubai for a warm-weather winter training camp.

The Ibrox club now have a 19-point lead in the title race and have suffered after previous winter breaks but this time around will only have to wait a week until they face Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

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Rangers defeated Celtic 1-0 courtesy of a Calum McGregor own goal which came as a result of a Joe Aribo header from a James Tavernier corner. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s another crunch clash for the Gers and they will be hoping to banish the demons of the last two seasons which have seen them crumble after the New Year Old Firm derby.

Celtic in contrast have been buoyed post-January and clearly felt a repeat of last season’s trip to Dubai would enhance their title chances.

Celtic and the Scottsh footballing authorities angered outgoing Hibs chief executive Leann Dempster when Celtic’s weekend fixture with Hibs – originally scheduled for Saturday 9th January 2021 – was moved to Monday evening (11/01/21).

The plan was obviously to haul something back in the title race and close the gap before restocking in the Middle East but it all feels pretty cramped, daft and perhaps dangerous now.

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Rangers fans have asked why Celtic have got special dispensation to jet off mid-pandemic, with the footballing authorities moving matches, for what feels like a futile, cramped break abroad.

Not only that, but the Ibrox supporters are asking why Celtic are off to Dubai when they’ve got three games in hand which should be being played at the earliest possible convenience:

 

The decision appears to have angered plenty of Celtic fans too who see this as some kind of reward for what’s been truly awful form this season.

Rangers will now have the opportunity to go 22 points clear in the title race v Aberdeen but any talk of title celebrations should be shelved until the club actually wins it.

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