By Alan Hutton

12th Nov, 2021 | 8:00am

Celtic and Rangers are hitting self-destruct button as Hutton fumes at latest news

Celtic and Rangers are tarnishing the reputation of the Old Firm derby by banishing away fans, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Gers defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the away fans “add to the occasion of the game”.

As reported by the Daily Record on November 1st, Rangers fans will be locked out of the meeting at Celtic Park on January 2nd.

The decision is believed to be in response to Rangers’ refusal to admit Hoops supporters for the first Old Firm of the season on August 29th.

Hutton branded the decision “annoying”, insisting the away fans are needed to make Scotland’s biggest game “that extra bit better”.

“It’s tit-for-tat between the clubs, and they need to come to a solution before the league step in,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

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“I don’t want to say it’s destroying the fixture – but it’s certainly not helping it.

“You need the fans in there. I was at the last Old Firm. You need that banter, the back and forth between the fans to really add to the excitement of the fixture.

“It’s just annoying that this is still going on. I just really wish they could sort it out and get the fans back in – because that’s all that everyone wants.

“It just adds to the occasion of the game and makes the game that extra bit better.”

Celtic trail Rangers by four points at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

The Parkhead side lost the August meeting between the two sides, with a Filip Helander goal securing the bragging rights.

In other news, pundit tells Celtic board to hand Ange Postecoglou war chest after “incredible” £112m reveal.