By Saikat Mandal

15th Jan, 2022 | 2:10pm

Chris Sutton reiterates stance on Celtic v Rangers call off claims

Chris Sutton has reiterated his stance on postponing the Celtic v Rangers clash with several players missing for both clubs.

The BT Sport pundit suggests that it might cause a crammed fixture list in the end, but it is better to have a glut of games when top players are available.

He adds that self-interest dominates in Scottish games, and Celtic are within their right to request a postponement.

He wrote for the Daily Record: “Spare me the rubbish about running scared of Rangers if Celtic make an application to have the February 2 derby switched.

“I’d hardly imagine Ally was running scared of Forfar nine years ago when he was Rangers manager and invoked the rule that says if you have three players away on international duty on the dates of a club game, you can request a postponement.

“With four away, the League One clash against the Loons was moved. I believe a statement on the Rangers website at the time even acknowledged some fans would be unhappy at the late call-off but said the decision was taken in good faith by the football department.”

Selfish

Celtic are missing several key players like Cameron Carter-Vickers, Kyogo Furuhashi, Daizen Maeda and Tom Rogic as they will be busy representing their respective countries for the World Cup qualifiers.

Rangers probably won’t be interested. It remains to be seen if Celtic make an official plea for postponement.

This hardly makes any sense. The game would have been played before the winter break, and it has been rescheduled due to rising covid cases.

Both Rangers and Celtic will get a run of games in the league and the Scottish Cup before their big game. As Sutton clearly says, it’s driven by self-interest as he sticks to his previous statements.

Scottish football resumes next week, and all eyes will be on SPFL if Celtic do apply for rescheduling in the coming weeks.

He may dress his words in whatever way he likes, the selfish motive behind is clearly visible.

In other Rangers news, Rangers face major Old Firm blow with latest player developments – report