Full steam ahead for Glasgow on Saturday 23rd July with Rangers and Celtic set for a fixture clash but police approval means they have secured the go ahead.
In what is said to be the first instance of both sides hosting games on the same day at the same time since 1999, the respective friendly games will be the final preparation for the SPFL Premiership campaign which will kick-off one week later.
Rangers will face Tottenham Hotspur at Ibrox, whilst Norwich City will visit Parkhead on the day of the four way fixture encounter in Glasgow.
A full-house at Ibrox would appear more likely with the relative ‘glamour’ of facing Antonio Conte’s Champions League Spurs but over in the east-end of the city, the pull of newly relegated Norwich won’t quite be the same. A significant crowd is likely but it will hardly be one to get close to capacity.
On the last occasion in 1999, simultaneous games happened as both Old Firm clubs hosted lower league opponents in the Scottish Cup.
On 23rd January ’99, The Gers defeated Stenhousemuir 2-0 in front of a crowd of approximately 38,000 whilst Celtic knocked-out Airdrie with a 3-1 scoreline, with a reported 42k crowd watching on.
Police Scotland chiefs in Glasgow are said to be working on a plan to facilitate both games as well as minimising disruption elsewhere, but given the pre-season nature of the games, potential issues should be few and far between.
So far, Rangers only other confirmed fixture is against Sunderland in Portugal with mooted games against Blackpool and Rennes still awaiting confirmation.