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Glasgow derby postponed as mark of respect following death of Motherwell captain O'Donnell

Glasgow derby postponed as mark of respect following death of Motherwell captain O'Donnell

This week's Scottish Premier League meeting between fierce Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers was postponed on Monday following the death of Motherwell captain Phil O'Donnell.
Motherwell's next two games had already been called off, but Celtic asked for Wednesday's match to be rescheduled as a mark of respect to its former player.
"These are never easy decisions," SPL secretary Iain Blair said. "But we recognize that, as a former player, Phil was part of Celtic's extended football family."
The 35-year-old midfielder died Saturday after collapsing during his team's 5-3 win over Dundee United.
O'Donnell, who started his career at Motherwell before stints with Celtic and Sheffield Wednesday, was about to be substituted at Fir Park against Dundee United but collapsed before he could leave the field.
He was treated on the field for about five minutes and carried from the field on a stretcher to be taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, but the club later announced his death.
The SPL said it would decide "in due course" when to play the Celtic-Rangers match.
It also has to set new dates for Motherwell's postponed meetings with Hibernian and Celtic, which were originally scheduled for Wednesday and Sunday.


Updated : 2021-05-14 00:33 GMT+08:00