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OLD FIRM LOCKDOWN THREAT

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CELTIC and Rangers are facing an anxious wait to discover if the first Old Firm clash of the season next month will be given the go-ahead.

The threat comes as UK government officials are meeting today to discuss fresh lockdown measures due to a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

A circuit-breaker shutdown could see the game at Parkhead on Saturday, October 17 being cancelled by Holyrood bosses.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon yesterday warned the nation that “additional restrictions” would almost certainly be put in place over the coming days.

ON THE BALL…Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard on the attack as Rangers’ Ryan Jack looks on.

And reports late last night suggested that a swift lockdown could be imposed over the October holidays, according to a report in the Daily Mail.

The fear from public health officials is that supporters may gather in large numbers to watch the game on television with the match scheduled for live coverage by Sky Sports – or attend the stadium before and after the match.

All SPFL games due for the weekend of October 17/18 face being postponed.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Any responsible government is looking at a whole range of options. We haven’t reached final decisions yet.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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