Confirmed: Celtic mainstay out of Old Firm derby clash after official statement
Celtic have been handed a huge blow with the news that defender Mikael Lustig will miss the Old Firm derby against Rangers next weekend in the Scottish Premier League clash.
With the match against Dundee postponed because of adverse weather conditions – and not due to be replayed until April 4th – it means the player’s suspension, which was supposed to take place during the match, will instead be moved to the next corresponding fixture – against the Light Blues.
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It is bad news for Brendan Rodgers’ side who have already struggled with a host of injuries to key players during the season.
Nir Britton, Anthony Ralston, Jozo Simunovic, and Dedryk Boyata have all been sidelined at some point in the campaign.
Rangers have been free-scoring of late as their new January signings look to be gelling and it’s a game that the strongest XI would be needed to keep out the Gers attack.
This Old Firm derby, due to be played at Ibrox next Sunday, is set to be one of the biggest games in recent years.
Graeme Murty’s side are currently six points behind the Bhoys, who have a game in hand over their Glaswegian rivals.
But a win for the Light Blues will not only cut the gap to three points but also give the Gers city bragging rights.
On the other hand, a victory for the Hoops will surely end Rangers’ title ambitions.
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