Madjid Bougherra looks set to miss Rangers' clash with arch-rivals Celtic in the New Year as he has to report for international duty.
The Algerian had hoped to link up late with his team-mates ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations so he could feature in the highly-anticipated game.
However, Algeria assistant boss Zahier Djelloul insists every player must report for duty on time.
"We've asked our squad to meet up on December 27 for a training camp in the south of France and we want all players there - without exception," he told the Daily Mail.
"That would include Madjid Bougherra and any other European players who have games for their clubs over that period.
"We don't believe we are being unreasonable with our request as almost every other African nation is taking the same stance."
Bougherra had hoped a personal plea with manager Rabah Saadane could give him a chance of playing, but it seems his request was rejected.
"I have asked the coach of Algeria if I can stay to play in the Old Firm match," he said.
"I want to be there for these important games for Rangers. I am waiting for the response; I don't know what he will say."