Hopes of more fans attending the rearranged Rangers clash at Celtic Park have been given a potential boost by the news the game has been rescheduled just before the Six Nations.
The game has been moved from January 2nd to February 2nd after Premiership clubs voted to bring the winter break forward due to Scottish Government restrictions on crowd sizes.
As things stand, outdoor crowds can be no larger than 500 people with the situation to be reviewed heading into January.
With Rangers set to travel to Pittodrie and Celtic Park next week, playing in front of reduced crowds is seen as a boost to the Ibrox club.
Whilst there remains uncertainty that the match will be played in front of capacity crowds, the date of the fixture ensures that if a rugby precedent is set football can point towards it.
Scotland Six Nations England clash boosts Rangers Celtic fan return hopes
Scotland are set to kick off their Six Nations campaign against England at Murrayfield on February 5th – with Rangers’ Old Firm clash with Celtic to go ahead just a few days earlier.
If the Scottish Government allows certain capacity crowds for this rugby match then the footballing authorities will hope this emboldens the case for fans at the rearranged Old Firm.
Last year’s Six Nations clash between England and Scotland at Twickenham saw Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon celebrating the Calcutta Cup victory with the team.
As the Thistle look to defend the Six Nations trophy there remain hopes that there will be an increased crowd in place and if there is, that could bode well for more fans being allowed into Rangers’ trip Celtic Park.
Rangers currently sit six points clear in the Scottish Premiership and will tie off the first half of the season with a Boxing Day clash against St Mirren at Ibrox.
Ahead of the rearranged fixture, Rangers could also be boosted by the return of a key player whose been out since September.