By Beck Pascal

17th Jan, 2022 | 3:10pm

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst delivers 'impossible' Rangers message ahead of Old Firm

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has delivered an ‘impossible’ message regarding February’s Old Firm Derby clash. 

There has been ongoing speculation that either side could call for the game to be postponed due to the absence of key players through injuries, covid and international duties. 

The Gers boss claimed a postponement is ‘impossible’ as covid continues to put a strain on the football calendar in Scotland. 

“There’s still a long way to go until the Old Firm. Right now we’re preparing for Aberdeen.” He said as per Scottish Sun.

“The [Old Firm] game is in two weeks, a lot can happen in that period of time. But as far as I’m concerned, we’re not thinking about postponing the fixture.

“We know it’s going to be an international week and we might lose some players as well but that’s the way it is. We have to take it as it comes.

“It’s not only one [international] game, it’s three games that have to be played in the window.

“I think it’s impossible, especially with bringing the break forward. [The SPFL] have already said it’s difficult and there’s no space for postponing games.”

Play the game

It was no surprise to see Celtic boss, Ange Postecoglou, fail to rule out the possibility of a postponement of the Old Firm as they potentially have several key players missing for the clash. 

Rangers will be hit just as badly with Joe Aribo very likely to miss the action as Nigeria progress in the Africa Cup of Nations as well as Kemar Roofe and Ryan Jack being monitored in terms of their fitness.  

The game needs to go ahead. Nobody can call what will happen in two- or three-weeks times but the continuous postponement of fixtures is no good for football. 

Either side could have an outbreak of covid or several injuries for the potential rescheduled fixture, if it were to be cancelled.

Those fighting at the top of the table do look for any edge possible but enough is enough, the game needs to be played.

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