Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has pleaded with the SPFL to schedule an Old Firm title decider after his side moved to within one victory of their seventh successive Scottish Premiership title.
Ever since the infamous 1999 derby when Rangers won the title at Celtic Park, the Scottish authorities have shied away from scheduling the Old Firm to face each other with the title at stake.
When the Gers won the title at Celtic Park, Hoops fans pelted referee Hugh Dallas with coins and fell from the top tier of the stand before referee Hugh Dallas’ windows were broken later that night.
Rodgers insists it is a “sad indictment” of Scottish society if his side aren’t allowed to win the title against their bitter rivals.
“I think it’s sad for Scottish football and it’s sad for society in Scotland,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“In probably any other country in the world, they would look to play the game and showcase your football and country on telly – whether it was Real Madrid v Barcelona, Manchester United v Manchester City or AC Milan v Inter.
“But for some reason we can’t do that here which is a sad indictment of the world that it is here at times.
“But if it’s one they want to do, then they should do it and put it at an appropriate kick-off time and trust that people can behave themselves and play the game and show it as a great advert for Scottish football.”
The Hoops beat Hamilton 2-1 on Sunday to restore their thirteen-point lead over Graeme Murty’s side at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
With the league set to split into two groups and the remaining five rounds of fixtures to be announced next week, the Old Firm giants aren’t expected to meet in the first set of games.
Football Insider verdict:
The idea of having a title-deciding Old Firm clash is one that is never going to please everybody. The vast majority of fans on both sides are perfectly capable of behaving it is the tiny minority who are always there to let the rest down. Bizarrely, there is not the same apprehension towards cup finals between the Glasgow giants as there is a potential league decider but it does not seem likely that it would be given the go ahead regardless of Rodgers’ wishes. On the other hand, this is the chance for fans to prove the SPFL wrong for making the decision, and if it does not change now, then when will it?
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