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It has not been confirmed as a foregone conclusion but today’s government announcement surrounding COVID-19 restrictions all but ends the dream of any supporters being in the ground for the first Glasgow Derby of the season.

It will be a surreal moment when both teams emerge from the tunnel without a 60k rabid crowd ready to cheer every won ball, tackle and well timed header.

Celtic will have no home advantage and while nobody should need any incentive to win the derby, it’s going to be an eery visual for the players and the supporters watching from home.

We’ve seen the crowd actually work for and against Celtic in the recent past, losing 2-1 in December last year saw the nervy Parkhead crowd get on the back of our players towards the end of the game and every missplaced pass was met with groans and moan.

There will be no pressure like that on the day but there will be no boost from the support, giving you that little bit extra when you have ran yourself into the ground.

On another note, the language we’re likely to hear on the field during the game should be colourful and an eye opener.

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