Rangers set to receive Old Firm boost as key Celtic men will miss out
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Rangers set to receive Old Firm boost as key Celtic men will miss out

Rangers could receive some good news regarding the rescheduled Old Firm tie that is due to take place on February 2, with key Celtic men set to miss out due to international duty.

Celtic could be missing star Kyogo Furuhashi plus the three new signings Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate and Yosuke Ideguchi for the second Old Firm tie of the season as the authorities in Japan have now relaxed the rules on them.

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With vital World Cup qualifiers approaching at the end of the month and the start of February, the Japanese FA had been pressuring the government to relax the current Covid-19 restrictions which prevented people from entering the country from abroad.

This is news that Ange Postecoglou would have wanted to avoid, but he looks set to be disappointed.

The Japanese government has stated it is in the “public interest” for the country to have their best players available for the important matches, and who can blame them.

Japan hasn’t missed a World Cup since 1994 and they look set to continue that fine record, although they have Australia breathing down on them for an automatic spot.

With Tom Rogic set to be called up for Australia too, it could give Rangers a big advantage heading into the tie that was originally scheduled for January 2.

The Ibrox side may be without Joe Aribo though, as the African Cup of Nations competition is due to begin this weekend and finishes on February 6. If Nigeria reaches the later stages, then we might need to face Celtic without our finest player this season.

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The fixture could change the fortunes for either side, Rangers might increase their lead at the top of the table or Celtic could claw their way back into a title race. There’s certain to be fireworks.

In other news, Rangers have confirmed that youth talent Kai Kennedy has been recalled from his loan spell at Dunfermline.