Before I begin, just a reminder to all fans to get to the ground an hour early tomorrow and when you see a steward whisper ‘La Li Lu Le Lo’ in his or her ear. It will be a special code to let you into the stadium on an exclusive basis.
I’m being safe and writing this from a grubby hotel in Blackpool, and have booked a cracking British boozer for tomorrow’s game to watch it in, no doubt with several bald white men who will be irked at me being in their company. It should be a good laugh.
Sorry Nicola, you just stick to the Janey Godley collaborations, I’ll enjoy the fitba. Oh and Sky Sports have also said they WON’T show the game for free, meaning my trip down south to the humble pub is more than justified.
FM @NicolaSturgeon strongly urges Scots not to travel to Blackpool for a break, including those who may want to watch the Old Firm game in a pub.— BBC Scotland News (@BBCScotlandNews) October 14, 2020
She says many Scots testing positive say they have recently taken a trip to Blackpool.
Live updates ➡https://t.co/KLiy5ciunC pic.twitter.com/3uLxNO2fOz
If you haven’t been online this week, lucky you!
If you have, you’ll have seen the repetitive, endless clips of previous games v Rangers, that seem to be shared everytime we play them. Groundhog Day’s sequels are thriving.
Yes, it’s the first OLD FIRM/GLASGOW DERBY/RELIGIOUS BATTLE since the end of 2019, where Rangers recorded a 2-1 win at Celtic Park before jetting away to Dubai and getting hepped up on goofballs for the rest of the season, allowing us to win the title via a Zoom call several months later, which everyone took very well!
Let’s just admit it, tomorrow’s going to be weird. It’s criminal to have this game played without fans. If postponing it was an option to be scheduled to a time when TEN fans could get in, I’d honestly approve it. The joy of giving Rangers’ team, management and fans ninety minutes of abuse and bile is what these games are all about. The global pandemic’s TRUE VICTIM is this famous fixture!
So eh, here’s highlights of the game before that when we worked a work and somehow finished the Betfred Cup final as champions thanks to Alfredo Morelos being an idiot.
Goodbye Alfred’oh Morelos!— TJDSBlog (@TJDSBlog) July 26, 2020
Great video by @Rikos67_ of all his howlers against us pic.twitter.com/Y58ng0Fcdu
Many of you don’t think Odsonne Edouard will start tomorrow despite COVID more than likely not affecting him in the slighest.
Do you think Edouard will start on Saturday?— TJDSBlog (@TJDSBlog) October 15, 2020
It would be a blow to have our best player out for the match, but we’ll cope just fine and have shown this season, and over the last few, that even if our strikers are misfiring, which is rare, we have goals in us all over the park, from Shane Duffy to Moi Elyounoussi. It’s hardly panic stations.
Andrew Walker was banging on about Griffiths and Klimala being thrown up front, but I doubt that will be considered by the manager for this fixture. He’s actually more likely to start ‘Tea Cake’ up front himself than start Klimala.
There is no doubt we’ll miss the calmness of Nir Bitton and energy of Ryan Christie for this one, though we’re still extremely well resourced to sail through this debacle that the international break has hit us with.
A huge miss for Rangers meanwhile, is Joseph Aribo, who had started the season well and was a big factor in their last win at ‘Parkers’. Scott Arfield has been performing above expectations for them though, and will be a threat.
It’s not one of these ‘whoever wins tomorrow, will win the league’ games, as although the psychological hammering for the loser will be obvious, this is going to be a campaign like no other, with the pandemic potentially playing a big role in key players missing matches, as well as call offs being inevitable, meaning momentum is going to be stalled for many sides in the league, as we approach the winter months.
So here it is, the shoot prediction. We’re due a draw, with the last one being the ‘Clint Hill game’ in March 2017.
However, I feel we will see a Celtic win tomorrow. 3-2 is my shoot prediction!