It’s almost 14 years ago now but the wounds of the 2008 Rangers fixture row with the SPFL have still not healed. And the schedulers on Hampden’s sixth floor at the league body must be dreading the prospect of a similar scenario unfolding.Iain Blair retired from his position last season and the long-serving former secretary will be glad he doesn’t have to deal with if the nightmare comes around.
But if Celtic meet the criteria to request a postponement of next month’s derby and their clash with rearranged for a second time then there is every chance a headache is on the horizon should they progress in Europe.
It will be the job of Blair’s successor Calum Beattie to deal with it this time and few would envy his position if it comes about.Ange Postecoglou is facing up to the possibility of five of his Hoops squad being called up for international duty - three of his four Japanese stars plus Australia’s Tom Rogic and Cameron Carter-Vickers of USA.If that comes pass - it will become clearer next Saturday when Japan name their squad - then Rule G7 of the SPFL’s rule book states that clubs can request a re-arrangement.Record Sport columnist Chris Sutton insists his old side should push the game back, saying: “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.”While the Rangers game on February 2 - one of two fixtures pushed back as a result of the winter break being brought forward - has the most riding on it, there are two other games impacted.If Kyogo and Co are selected for crucial World Cup qualifiers and Rogic for the Socceroos, or Carter-Vickers for America then they would also miss a trip to Hearts and a home clash with DundeeRead more on dailyrecord.co.uk