Major decision to be made ahead of Rangers v Celtic showdown - report
By Matt Farr
Rangers and Celtic may be set to go head to head in the Youth Cup final behind closed doors later this month, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim that the clash between the two Old Firm rivals could be closed to supporters due to a history of crowd trouble.
The two Under 20 sides are scheduled to meet at Hampden Park, the home of the Scotland national team, on April 26, but the spectacle of the heavyweight occasion could be reduced by the absence of the supporters.
When the two sides last met in the final two seasons ago, only a fraction of ticket-holders were permitted entry to the ground after trouble at two consecutive Glasgow cup finals at the Under 17 age group.
However, the Old Firm derby represents one of the fiercest rivalries in football, and the necessary measures may be taken to ensure the upcoming youth cup final remains a controlled affair.
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Celtic and Rangers are already pencilled in to face off at senior level twice this month, with the Youth Cup final sandwiched between the two fixtures at the end of April.
Reigning Scottish Premiership champions Celtic first host Rangers at Parkhead on April 23 in the Scottish Cup semi-final.
They then travel to Ibrox just six days later for what would be the sixth Old Firm derby clash of the domestic season, and the fourth of the Scottish Premiership season.
Celtic have had the better of Rangers in their head to head record this season, winning three of their four encounters over the course of the campaign.
In other Rangers news, a rival player has hit back at Ibrox chief Pedro Caixinha, and issued this reality check.