Trolling Celtic fan Rangers proposal shut down by their own manager
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Trolling Celtic fan Rangers proposal shut down by their own manager

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has poured cold water on the suggestion his team could attempt to once again rearrange the now-February Old Firm match with Rangers.

The Scottish footballing winter break was brought forward by the Scottish Premiership clubs after new restrictions were imposed on stadiums by the Scottish government.

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The decision resulted in the Old Firm derby being moved from January 2nd to February 2nd 2022 and the entire thing has seen some goading from Rangers circles ever since.

To many fans, Celtic were running scared of Rangers ahead of the match with a string of injuries at Parkhead and the Gers building momentum under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

As a result of the fractious reaction online, trolling Celtic fans began suggesting their club could apply to have the rearranged fixture moved due to a series of internationals.

The likes of Japanese striker Kyogo Furuhashi and their trio of new Japanese January signings may well miss the match due to World Cup Qualification duties with the country.

Tom Rogic too is expected to miss the clash due to Australia duty, with defender Cameron Carter-Vickers reportedly being considered for a USA call-up.

Rangers could also have international absences for February Celtic clash

Rangers too have a series of potential issues ahead of the game, with Nigerian international and Player of the Year frontrunner Joe Aribo potentially set to miss the clash with Celtic due to the Africa Cup of Nations.

The likes of Kemar Roofe (Jamaica), Scott Arfield (Canada), and Alfredo Morelos (Colombia) could also be called up for vital World Cup Qualifiers.

But in echoing the comments of SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster, who claims there “simply isn’t any more space” for rearranging fixtures, Ange Postecoglou rejected the suggestion Celtic could apply to move the game.

“This has been in our planning for a while now. We’ve known that they are going to be away in that period if they get selected,” said Postecoglou [Football Scotland].

“And I totally understand that whatever fixtures we have at that time, they’re likely to miss out.

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“They are World Cup games so there are no negotiations. Both countries have important qualifiers and the World Cup is important to every country, irrespective of where you come from.

“We are obliged to release the players and we will.”

Rangers fans might be enjoying the notion Celtic are running scared, but the desperation to have the fixture moved genuinely highlights a psychological hold the Gers have on their rivals.

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