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New date set for Old Firm clash
Celtic will now host Glasgow rivals Rangers on 16 April
Celtic and Rangers will play their postponed New Year fixture on Wednesday 16 April, with a 1945 BST kick-off.

The 2 January tie was cancelled as a mark of respect following the death of Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell.

It was resheduled for 23 January but that, in turn, was changed when Rangers had to rearrange their Scottish Cup tie with East Stirlingshire.

SPL leaders Rangers next entertain nearest rivals Celtic on league duty on Saturday 29 March, with a 1230 start.

April promises to be a hectic month for Rangers, with a Uefa Cup quarter-final tie against Sporting Lisbon to be played on the 3rd and 10th.

Their Scottish Cup quarter-final replay at Partick Thistle is on the 13th.

Should Walter Smith's side prevail at Firhill, the semi-final will be played at Hampden on 20 April.

And, if Rangers progress to the semi-final of the Uefa Cup, they will come up against either PSV Eindhoven or Fiorentina four days later.

Outstanding SPL matches against Motherwell and St Mirren have yet to be crammed into an already packed schedule for Rangers.

"We've got a sizeable enough squad to hopefully handle the situation," said Smith.

"The only thing that concerns me a little bit is the injury situation with the amount of games that gets played.

"If we can avoid a lot of injuries, I'm sure we can cope with the games that we have.

"The fixture schedule is there and we have to handle it. It's not always going to fall into place for us and we are going to have one or two awkward situations to handle between now and the end of the season."

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