First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has insisted there are “no plans” to cancel next weekend’s Old Firm clash as Rangers and Celtic meet for the first time in 2020.

There were concerns that the renewed restrictions in the central belt and fears over people gathering to watch the game could lead to it being pulled but Sturgeon said that wasn’t the case.

Rangers EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - MARCH 12: Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on the way to First Minister's Questions in the Scottish Parliament, on March 12, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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The two sides meet at Celtic Park next Saturday and the First Minister urged fans to stay at home “don’t lose sight of why all of this is necessary.”

“There are NO plans as far as I’m aware to cancel the Old Firm match,” Sturgeon said during her daily Covid update.

“We have to have a degree of trust in people – pubs and house parties aren’t allowed for a reason.

“It’s horrible to not be able to go and do what you love doing – from visiting our families to football.

“We all have to make sacrifices, but don’t forget why.

“Government can do so much, but we all have to take some responsibility in this.

“So don’t go to crowded places and don’t have a house party.

“Don’t lose sight of why all of this is necessary.”

Rangers will be hoping to increase their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership and pile the pressure on Celtic after the set of games are completed.

The Light Blues have been impressive this season in spells and can’t afford to lose to their bitter rivals with Celtic still having a game in hand.

While fans will no doubt want to go out and watch the game, any major breaches of the guidelines could seriously jeapordise the continuation of behind-closed doors games in the short-term.

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