Celtic and Rangers could potentially have locked horns in Boston in the summer
Rangers have pulled out of a potential summer friendly with Celtic in Boston - and may travel to Australia instead.
The SPL champions were due to tour the United States in late July with games in Washington and Dallas before a clash with their Old Firm rivals.
But a row broke out when a Boston newspaper criticised the behaviour of Rangers fans away from Scotland.
"We have decided not to pursue that [match]," said Rangers chief executive Martin Bain.
"Instead, there is the possibility of matches in Australia and an announcement on that will be made in the next couple of days."
The potential for crowd trouble is rumoured to have influenced the decision of the Rangers hierarchy, a risk heightened by a recent Boston Globe article that highlighted a long list of offences outside of Scotland by fans of the club.
The match was due to have taken place at Fenway Park, the historic home of baseball's Boston Red Sox, and would have been the first Old Firm match outside Scotland.
The Glasgow giants were both believed to be planning North American tours in the summer, with Celtic tentatively scheduled to play Manchester United in Toronto in July, while Rangers were believed to be arranging games in Miami and New York.
Red Sox chief operating officer Sam Kennedy had said he was "aggressively pursuing the match", which had been pencilled in for 21 July at the 37,402-capacity venue.
Earlier this week, the general secretary of the Rangers Supporters' Association John McMillan told BBC Scotland that an Old Firm game played in Boston or elsewhere in the USA in the summer would be "quite a spectacle".
A similar proposal was mooted six years ago, with Australia as the host country, but the match never materialised.
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