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The game that the SPFL didn’t want to happen is set to come to pass, as Celtic and Rangers are set to meet in a title decider at Celtic Park next Sunday.

The SPFL are worried about repeats of chaotic scenes from 1999, when the Gers cliched the title at Celtic Park amidst scenes of crowd trouble, three players being sent-off and referee Hugh Dallas being hit with a coin.

There is a big difference between that game and the next Sunday however: that game kicked-off at six in the evening, whilst the upcoming encounter kicks-off at midday.

Naturally that is to prevent fans from drinking all day, and getting in the mood to cause trouble, and the introduction of early kick-offs has worked, and there hasn’t been that much trouble at Old Firm games since.

In fact the last game with any real disorder took place at night, in 2011, and manly revolved around a dispute between Neil Lennon and El Hadji Diouf.

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The press in Scotland will no doubt be full of scare stories about public disorder in the run-up to the game but all talk of serious trouble is overblown.

Football has moved on in recent years and even though both sides of the Old Firm still share antipathy towards each other, they won’t want their clubs name tarnished by incidents which can be shown on social media within seconds.

The fans know better than that, let’s hope the players do too.

In other Celtic news, Scott Bain should start the Old Firm derby

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