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I think its impossible- the postponement comment that will come back to bite van Bronckhorst

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On Monday morning, prompted by a question from a popular Ibrox message board, Giovanni van Bronckhorst claimed that it would be impossible for the SPFL to postpone the February 2 Old Firm match, whatever that is. 

With fan media sites given media access it is now even easier for the Ibrox PR team to manage the message that was sent out by the Dutchman, some might think that the question was prompted by fan media convinced that the winter break had been brought forward because of fear from Selik. 

Again, the truth is inconveniently different. 

On Monday morning it looked like a very decent trade off for van Bronckhorst, he goes in without Joe Aribo while Celtic miss out on playing their top scorer (Kyogo Furuhashi), Tom Rogic and possibly two of their January signings from Japan. 

Early Wednesday evening and the plates of social media suddenly turned. Alfredo Morelos was called into the Colombian squad for matches on January 27 and February 1 and suddenly Sevco fans were hoping that Kemar Roofe or James Sands can provide them with an escape from playing Selik! 

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There’s still a long way to go until the Old Firm. Right now we’re preparing for Aberdeen. The (Celtic) 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. 

This morning van Bronckhorst will face the same bought and paid for media outlets to preview tomorrow’s Scottish Cup tie against Stirling Albion. 

Nothing is impossible with SPL/SPFL fixtures as the events of 2007/08 proved. 

Back then Walter Smith was able to get a match against Gretna postponed to give his squad 10 days to prepare for a 3-0 home defeat from Lyon in the Champions League. 

The knock-on effect of that was that the season was completed on a Thursday night. For five clubs that was an 11 day gap after their second last fixture with the entire card disrupted to suit the UEFA Cup runners-up. 

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  • Finbar muldoon says:

    The Unseen Fenian Hand will decide which way this goes. If it suits Celts, game will be postponed. HH

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