Row over potential Rangers v Celtic title-decider nothing but nonsense
Scottish football was on red alert in case the SPFL handed Celtic a title-decider against Old Firm rivals Rangers – they still have depending on results – but the decision not to make the clash between the Glasgow giants the first game after the split is ridiculous.
Many at the top of Scottish football were vehemently opposed to the idea of the city rivals going head-to-head with the title at stake after the ‘Shame Game’ almost 20 years ago when referee Hugh Dallas was struck with a coin amid crazy scenes.
Instead, the SPFL have, in all their wisdom, handed Celtic a trip to Easter Road on a Friday night to potentially wrap up their seventh successive title.
A little over a year ago everyone was up in arms at the prospect of an Old Firm clash on New Year’s Eve, with doomsday prophesies having Scotland as an apocalyptic warzone hours before 2016 turned to 2017 yet nothing happened other than the same handful of drunken idiots that get themselves blackout drunk by 11 am most New Year’s Eves getting blackout drunk by 11 am on New Year’s Eve.
Weirdly though, for all of the desperation not to have the Old Firm meet with the title at stake at lunchtime on a Saturday or Sunday, there doesn’t seem to be any problem having 20,000+ fans from either side at Hampden for cup semi-finals and finals.
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Perhaps there isn’t the need for the draconian reaction to the prospect of the Old Firm meeting with something on the line that the authorities in Scotland insist there is.