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Forget Celtic v Dundee in the United States: The only game Americans want to see is the Old Firm derby

Celtic could be set to play a league fixture against Dundee across the pond in the United States but Rangers are the missing piece in the jigsaw.

Celtic and Dundee are currently awaiting approval from the Scottish Professional Football League in order to play a fixture in the United States.

Dundee have already confirmed on the club's official website that they have held talks with Celtic about the groundbreaking fixture, the like of which is now commonplace in the NFL.

Dundee, who are owned by Texas-based chairman Tim Keyes and managing director John Nelms, have revealed talks are ongoing between both the clubs and representatives in the US.

Who Celtic v Dundee be a big enough draw?

But realistically would the game have the clamour to be a success?

We all know Celtic have a huge worldwide fanbase and the club playing a league match abroad would probably generate enough publicity to produce a sell out crowd.

But Dundee, as great a club as it is, does not have the same pull.

In fact it is folly to suggest that any Scottish fixture other than the famous Old Firm derby between Celtic and bitter rivals Rangers would have mass appeal.

Old Firm derby has mass appeal

People already come from all over the world for the Old Firm games.

At the moment a league fixture between the pair is made impossible given Rangers are currently plying their trade in the Scottish Championship.

That could all change by next season, though, with the Gers leading the way in a bid to bounce back to the big time.

Celtic vs Rangers Stateside would be a huge draw for fans across the Americas and offers the hardcore supporters based in Scotland - who are on board with the idea because plenty aren't - an interesting trip abroad.

Let's not forget Rangers have won more league titles and trebles than any other club in the world, with 54 league crowns and have won the Scottish Cup 33 times and the Scottish League Cup 27 times.

The Light Blues have all the history and were the first British club to reach a UEFA tournament final, although Celtic were the first British side to win the European Cup.

Should Celtic vs Dundee Stateside get the go-ahead the only benefit would be the fact it could make an interesting dry run ahead of what would surely be the main event should the Gers clinch their coveted promotion.

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