Rangers fans are lamenting changes to the winter break as matches away to Aberdeen and Celtic are shelved until 2022 – but some supporters reckon our Old Firm rivals are terrified of Joe Aribo.

Gers fans have been winding up Celtic supporters aplenty for their outspoken desire to have the break brought forward with only 500 fans technically allowed inside the ground.

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Celtic themselves appealed to the authorities in a statement – alongside a host of other Scottish Premiership clubs – to have the match moved forward saying “the game owes it to supporters” to bring forward the break.

Bringing it forward also allows a threadbare Celtic the chance to get players back from injury and catch a breather with the result v a Covid-19 ravaged St Mirren side evidence of a team on the slide.


The match – which will now take place on February 2nd – also takes place during the African Cup of Nations with the final of that tournament set for the 6th of February.

Form Rangers star Joe Aribo is nailed on to go with Nigeria – with teammates Leon Balogun and Calvin Bassey also potential call-ups – and their absence would be a blow v Celtic.

Losing Joe Aribo for Celtic clash would be a blow to Rangers

Of the three players on potential AFCON duty, losing Player of the Year frontrunner Joe Aribo would represent the biggest blow for Rangers v Celtic.

The 25-year-old midfielder’s game has gone to the next level this season and that’s why a host of Premier League clubs are also interested in his services.

Southampton are the latest side mentioned alongside the ex-Charlton man and if the AFCON doesn’t rule him out of the Celtic clash, a potential transfer down south might.

Rangers can be safe in the knowledge that Joe will only leave for the right price but there’s a reason why Celtic will have such a vested interest in the situation.

Taking to Twitter, Rangers fans have been winding up their Celtic counterparts by suggesting the Parkhead club’s supporters are terrified of Joe Aribo:

Rangers are now six points clear in the Scottish Premiership and face one more match against St Mirren at Ibrox on Boxing Day before the game shuts down for just over three weeks.

Whilst as things stand Rangers’ trip to Celtic fans would be in front of 500 fans, the date of the fixture may raise hopes of increased capacity crowds.

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