Celtic v Rangers: The first Old Firm derby of the season takes place at lunchtime tomorrow, when Celtic will entertain Rangers at an empty Celtic Park. Their manager Neil Lennon has been talking about how weird an experience it will be for both sets of players to go about their business in spooky silence.
“I think it’s very difficult for this generation of players to go through what they’re going through,” he said. “We’ve adapted as well anyone but it’s a huge ingredient that’s going to be missing: the electricity, the atmosphere, the rawness, the noise, the colour … it’s going to be a derby like we’ve never seen before. We’re on a good run and we want to maintain that consistency.”
Crystal Palace: Wayne Hennessey was forced off with injury after becoming Wales’s most capped ever goalkeeper when representing his country for the 94th time against Bulgaria on Wednesday night. His injury means Crystal Palace could move for Stoke City’s Jack Butland, who is looking for a fresh start elsewhere after falling behind Adam Davies in the Stoke City pecking order. Butland has also been linked with Liverpool and Southampton.
Taking care of business: A number of players could move from the Championship to the Premier League before stumps at 5pm, with Watford winger Ismaila Sarr among the bigger names expected to move. Manchester United had a deadline day bid for the 22-year-old rejected on the most recent deadline day and may up their bid in an effort to get him to Old Trafford. Brentford winger Said Benrahma, Bournemouth midfielder David Brooks, Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell and Swansea centre-back Joe Rodon are among others who could find themselves getting promoted from the Championship before the day is out.
Greetings one and all …
The international break is behind us and normal – or as normal as it gets in the current climate – football returns this weekend. We’ll bring you news from various press conferences, in which we can almost certainly expect to hear assorted managers moan at great length and with plent of justification about how ill-advised it was to let players leave their club bubbles and go gadding around the world in the middle of a pandemic.
As if one wasn’t one too many, Deadline Day Two is also upon us, so you can expect plenty of last-gasp horse-trading before the domestic only window is inched shut at 5pm. The rules: Premier League clubs are not allowed sign anyone from a foreign club or do business with each other, but can keep doing deals with teams in the EFL or below.
We’ll bring you all the news that’s fit to print and much that isn’t, so stay tuned to your one-stop shop for all the day’s comings and goings.