QUEEN'S PARK are looking forward to the return of the original Glasgow 'derby' to their fixture list next season.
With Rangers in the Irn-Bru Third Division this season, then two of Scotland's oldest clubs will meet some 133 years after they first faced each other in a Scottish Cup tie in March, 1879.
The fixture was the biggest match in Scotland's largest city in the late nineteenth century and they could now meet again in a fight for points for the first time in over 50 years this October when the Spiders are down to visit Govan.
Hampden committee member Garry Templeman said: "Queen's Park were formed in 1867 and Rangers came along five years later so the Scottish Cup matches between the clubs were the big affairs in the early days of Scottish football."
"Celtic were formed in 1888 and eventually their growth as well as the advent of professionalism had the Old Firm contest eclipse Queen's Park against Rangers' games as the big Glasgow Derby.
"We have not hosted them in a league game since November, 1957, so this season looks like being a historic one."
Rangers are down to go to the National Stadium on December 29, and Templeman said, "Our early thinking is that there could well be a 20,000 crowd at this game which would be fantastic.
"We were due to have Stranraer here that day and that crowd would have been about 800."