McLeish: I'd be 'flabbergasted' if Celtic v Rangers called off despite Sturgeon latest
Alex McLeish has admitted he would be “flabbergasted” if officials called off the Celtic versus Rangers clash later this month.
The former Ibrox and Scotland boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted a postponement or cancellation would make a “very strange” statement from the authorities.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Nicola Sturgeon insisted the derby clash could be in doubt after Rangers fans breached lockdown rules to gather across Glasgow following their title win.
The First Minister confirmed the government will hold talks with football authorities and “certain football clubs” ahead of the game on March 21.
Both Glasgow giants have come under fire for the behaviour of their fans this season.
Celtic supporters gathered at Parkhead earlier in the campaign to protest against Neil Lennon and the board as a result of their disappointing campaign.
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Meanwhile, Rangers have been accused of not taking action after a crowd built up at Ibrox on Sunday.
However, the Gers have insisted they held discussions with the relevant authorities over public safety.
As such, McLeish admitted he would be stunned if the Old Firm tie was called off.
“I would be flabbergasted if they didn’t allow it to go ahead,” McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.
“It would be very, very strange. It would be a decision that would go against the possible conversations that they had with the authorities.
“I think it would obviously cause another story as well. We’d be talking about it as well.”
Rangers have won both meetings between the two clubs so far this season.
Their first trip to Celtic Park ended 2-0 thanks to a brace from Connor Goldson.
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