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21st Mar, 2018 | 9:31pm

SPFL will be doing all in their power to avoid potential Celtic v Rangers powderkeg

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With the recent indifferent league results of Celtic and Rangers, there is still a chance that the next Old Firm league game could be a title decider, a scenario that the SPFL will be desperate to avoid.

The Scottish Sun recently reported that the match was due to be played on April the 22nd at Celtic Park, a week after the teams meet in the Scottish Cup semi-final, but the Hoops’ recent draw with Motherwell and the Gers’ defeat to Kilmarnock may see the date changed.

The SPFL will be looking to avoid a repeat of the scenes from May 1999, where the Gers clinched the title at the home of their biggest rivals in a match which saw three red cards, referee Hugh Dallas hit with a coin and all manner of chaos.

That game kicked off at 6pm which of course won’t be the case fora potential title decider this time, but of course the SPFL won’t want to take any chances.

The Old Firm derby is the Scottish football game which is watched by far more viewers than any other game, and they won’t want to see their brand tarnished by a night of mayhem in the East End of Glasgow.

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It seems likely that the match will be put back a few weeks until the Hoops have already been crowned champions, and the match can proceed as normal, if that can ever be the case in Old Firm matches.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been linked with Real Zaragoza centre-forward Borja Iglesias

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