A possible absence at the Rangers and Celtics games of Arnaud Djoum, Hearts midfielder is seen, after Cameroon named Djoum as a member of their lineup for the African Cup of Nations.
The 27-year old Djoum has already accomplished 18 appearances and is a major player for the Tynecastle men.
It is also possible that he would be out for the Old Firm trials after being recruited to the African Cup of Nations team of Cameroon.
Consequently, Djoum is determined to let go of a large chunk of both the January and February games after being picked as Cameroon’s first 35-man squad for Cup of Nations in Gabon.
He just made early this year his international first appearance with Cameroon in a qualifying victory over Gambia – he had played previously for Belgium Under 21s.
Djoum having impressed Hugo Broos, the boss of Indomitable Lions resulted to his inclusion in the squad.
Apparently, Hearts is in a worse situation as Faycal Rherras, his team mate, is set to play with Morocco in the Cup.
Cameroon, who won the Cup in 2002, is one of the favourites for the tournament which starts on January 14.
If Cameroon passes the qualifying round, Djoum will miss the Scottish Cup at Raith Rovers and Ian Cathro’s first two games following the winter break against Rangers and Celtic.
And if Cameroon gets to the Final, he will surely miss their fight against Motherwell.
Djoum mentioned before that he likes to play in the African Cup of Nations.
He said: “We have qualified for the African Cups of Nations, so now I must make sure that I play well for Hearts in order to get myself chosen in the tournament squad.
“Playing for Cameroon would mean you can have more time on the ball unlike Scottish football which is end-to-end and very intense.
Your opponent are more compact, they wait and sit tight. Only about towards last 30 minutes when they start to press.
“In Scotland, they do the 90 minute pressing which is not done with the Cup though it can be technically very good.
“Playing for Cameroon is more comfortable because as a midfielder, you want more time on the ball as possible.”