A number of Glasgow Rangers fans have been fuming over reports that the first Old Firm derby of the season could be postponed.
Glasgow Times reported that the fixture, currently scheduled for Saturday 17 October, could be cancelled amid rising concerns over the increasing spread of the global pandemic, with UK government officials set to discuss the possibility of fresh lockdown measures in Scotland.
Celtic vs Rangers could be cancelled due to Scotland's latest round of lockdown measureshttps://t.co/AhJ339ruIb
— Glasgow Times (@Glasgow_Times) September 22, 2020
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday warned that ‘additional restrictions’ are likely to be imposed in the coming days, with reports of a potential ‘circuit-breaker’ lockdown over the upcoming October holidays, at the end of which the Celtic v Rangers clash is scheduled for Parkhead.
Do you think the derby will go ahead as scheduled on 17 October?
According to Glasgow Times, public health officials are concerned that large groups of supporters could gather to watch the game on TV or go to the stadium on the day of the match. As things stand, all Premiership fixtures are being played behind closed doors.
These ‘Gers fans on Twitter were raging over the reports of the derby’s potential cancellation and feel that it should go ahead as scheduled just like other top-flight fixtures:
Or how about just playing it behind closed doors like more or less every other football game in the world? https://t.co/3cYjQSulVN
— Iain Duff (@iainduff) September 22, 2020
Not happening I am afraid. If football is being played to this point the game has to go ahead. If this game is cancelled because Celtic can't get fans into the stadium then this time the club have to take a stance https://t.co/TgbRAoQDgQ
— Joe Black (@joe_black1509) September 22, 2020
Shameless, but expected. https://t.co/acfzj66BlR
— Ryan Gilbert (@RyanGilbert79) September 22, 2020
Can the game not be played behind closed doors?
— John Herd (@john_herd) September 22, 2020
Pretty pathetic series of excuses there to cancel a match. Punters ‘might’ gather to watch a game on a tv (won’t they do that for euro games or Scotland games?). Fans may turn up at stadium (already has at parkhead). Unless all football is off zero reason not to play.
— jay bea (@jaybea7791) September 22, 2020
‘Gers fans, will you be annoyed if the derby is moved from its scheduled date of 17 October? Comment below with your views!
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