By Adefunmiloye Alani

13th Jan, 2022 | 8:40pm

Chris Sutton wants Celtic to request postponement of Rangers clash

Chris Sutton has urged Celtic to ask for their clash against Rangers on February 2 to be postponed if their key players are unavailable due to international duties.

The Hoops could be without the likes of Kyogo Furuhashi, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Daizen Maeda and Tom Rogic for the clash as Japan, USA and Australia have World Cup qualifiers in the same week, and the former striker has said on Record Celtic Podcast that his old side could be at a disadvantage when they face Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men.

The Bears will not be keen on yet another postponement, but it remains to be seen whether their Old Firm rivals will be asking the authorities to have it rescheduled.

Sutton said: “Do Celtic want to win the league or not?

“If they do want to win things then they stand a far better chance with their best players in the side.

“They have three big games coming up they can’t afford to drop points in and I think they’re well within their rights to call the games off.

“Mick [Michael Gannon] made a pertinent point by saying that while Rangers fans might complain about that, I think they called games off when they were in Division Three, didn’t they, playing against the likes of Cowdenbeath, Forfar, or whoever else, when Ally McCoist was manager, so there can’t be complaints from the other side.

“Celtic have to do what’s right for them.”

Selfish

This game should have been played and forgotten in the very first place if not for the First Minister’s decision to limit outdoor events to 500 people.

That forced the Premiership to go into the winter break earlier than planned, with the January 2 clash at Parkhead postponed.

Action resumes next week with both Rangers and Celtic playing three league games and a Scottish Cup game before their showdown, and it is absolutely selfish of Sutton to moot a postponement given the chaos another delay could cause with the fixture scheduling going forward.

Rangers postponed a League One fixture against Forfar in 2013 after four of their players received international call-ups, but this is a Premiership game and times have changed.

It is definitely up to the SPFL to make a final decision should Celtic apply for rescheduling, but it is clear that Sutton does not fancy the chances of his old team against GvB’s side should the game go ahead without some of their key players.

In other Rangers news, a report has shared which players GvB will allow to leave Ibrox this month.