Celtic manager and Rangers manager

Alan Hutton has suggested all of the Celtic-Rangers showdowns next season may be behind closed doors – and the two giants must be braced for that.

The former Gers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the first 2020-21 Glasgow derby should only be pushed back if there is a realistic chance of fans returning early in the campaign.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, Lennon claimed that “everyone would want” to see the crunch clash pushed back until fans are allowed back into either Parkhead or Ibrox.

However, Hutton believes there is no point waiting if social distance restrictions mean fans can’t come in to stadiums all season.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I saw Lennon talking about it, Rangers are yet to comment on it. I do understand his point of view, I think playing an Old Firm game behind closed doors, it wouldn’t feel right.

“No football game (behind closed doors) feels right but for that, it’s really built on the atmosphere so for it not to be there, it would be really difficult. If they’re looking to the near future thinking fans are going to be able to go, then fine, push it back a little while.

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“However, if we’re talking that most of the season is going to be behind closed doors then we might as well get on with it and deal with the fixtures as they come.” 

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Lennon told the Scottish Sun: “Should the first Old Firm game be pushed back? I think that’s what everyone would want. Everyone associated with the game would want that and the clubs would want that.

“I do think the authorities will look at it and try and push it back. It’ll give us more of a chance of getting the punters back.”

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