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I watched as passageway surfaces were wiped down at Celtic Park ahead of kick-off on Saturday, an early visible sign that a public health alert is on the horizon.  Actions will not stop at a bucket, cloth and a dash of Dettol.

Games are already being played behind closed doors in Italy and France.  Today’s total of confirmed cases in the UK is 285, France surpassed that figure five days ago, it is possible public events will face similar restrictions here within a week.  If Germany and Spain take similar restrictive measures in the next few days, the UK will inevitably follow.

Celtic have one home game between now and when the league resumes after the split on the weekend of 18/19 April, so there will be little commercial impact if games here are played behind closed doors, but there is a crucial Scottish Cup semi-final on 12 April.  We would all rather be there than watching on TV.

The issue is more likely to see complications for our players who travel across Europe and beyond on international duty this month.  France under-21s travel to Liechtenstein in two weeks, which is 160 miles from northern Italy.  We have more than a passing interest in that game.  The principality is served by air from Zurich; it is impossible to tell what travel arrangements will be like in central Europe at that time.

We should also spare a thought for those with the burden of financing community clubs, where survival worries will be very real right now.

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  1. celticforever on

    Getting the season ticket money in as soon as they can before

     

    full extent of coronavirus hits

  2. Coronavirus has taken over from brexit on why not to watch the news ..

     

     

    Wee Ratcho is heading to the big hoose!

  3. STPATRICKSBHOY,

     

     

    I have been calling for at least hot water for years. I am in the North Stand and we have never had such a “luxury”. It is a disgrace. I bet they have never even installed hot water in our sections, never mind soap or other hygene products.

  4. stpatricksbhoy on

    PARKHEADCUMSALFORD

     

     

    I suspect that the majority of area’s in the ground have never had hot water installed .Along with awful catering ,can’t even get a cup of hot coffee.

     

    Hail Hail.

  5. “We should also spare a thought for those with the burden of financing community clubs, where survival worries will be very real right now.”

     

     

    Oooft

     

     

    What club could Paul be talking about…..

  6. Season ticket renewals are always started at this time of year, no change.

     

     

    The Coronavirus won’t make any major difference in the long term, I’ll be renewing as usual.

     

     

    If it follows the same cycle as SARS, bird flu and the rest it will be gone by July.

     

     

    Good hygiene and vigilance are your best friends at the moment.

  7. STPATRICKSBHOY

     

     

    I messaged JPT on Tuesday asking if Celtic would be stepping up hygiene patrols as usually by HT there is no soap/paper towels left. He forwarded it on but I’m still waiting on a reply.

     

    It’s disgraceful, but not surprising, to note that nothing further was done.

  8. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    ROBINBHOY on 9TH MARCH 2020 2:29 PM

     

     

    Wouldn’t be so sure it’ll be gone that quick,

     

     

    HH

  9. I knew that if I kept all of my historical documents organised they’d come in useful some day. here’s the season ticket renewal dates from recent seasons –

     

    2011-12 – May 6

     

    2012-13 – May 19

     

    2013-14 – May 24

     

    2014-15 – May 23

     

    2015-16 – May 22

     

    2016-17 – May 27

     

    2017-18 – lost my records!!!

     

    2018-19 – May 11

     

    2019-20 – May 10

     

    2020-20 – May 1

     

    So this latest deadline is the earliest one yet but then again the season is also finishing a wee bit earlier than usual.

  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Sigh of Timmy relief all round.

     

     

    ” Ryan Jack aggravated a knee injury coming off the bus in Dingwall “.

     

     

    Now there`s first .

  11. Season ticket renewal dates via Jobo Baldie

     

     

    2011-12 – May 6

     

    2012-13 – May 19

     

    2013-14 – May 24

     

    2014-15 – May 23

     

    2015-16 – May 22

     

    2016-17 – May 27

     

    2017-18 – lost my records!!!

     

    2018-19 – May 11

     

    2019-20 – May 10

     

    2020-20 – May 1

  12. fourstonecoppi on

    STPATRICKSBHOY on 9TH MARCH 2020 1:59 PM

     

    Very good the Club are looking for our Season Ticket money.I emailed JP Taylor yesterday I wonder if I will get a reply,my season ticket in in the Lisbon Lions stand.There has never been hot water in the toilets the taps are blanked off and on Saturday at half time there was no soap in the dispensers and no paper towels.An total disgrace in the current Coronavirus environment the Health and Safety Executive should close the stand.I am sure the executive boxes and board room have hot water and towels.The Celtic family !!!!!!!!!! they couldn’t care less about the supporters.

     

     

     

    Bang on mate……they’re Tories they dont give a monkeys. We are just a resource thats all!

  13. STPATRICKSBHOY on 9TH MARCH 2020 1:59 PM

     

    Ditto re your comments on water and towels in the toilets. It’s primitive and given the current crisis, it’s potentially dangerous.

     

    As for the match day experience in the main stand: there’s no line of sight to the big screens. Instead, there are a couple of kitchen size TVs.

  14. I can confirm that the bathrooms in the executive box are first class and the water is piping hot.

  15. !!Bada Bing!! on

    I can see clubs buying the thermometers and testing punters outside stadiums,last option before closing them to the public

  16. “Doors closing across Europe”

     

     

    We slammed the door on our own foot a few times against Copenhagen

  17. South Of Tunis on

    !! BADA BING !! @ 4 11

     

     

    Evidence from Italy is that having a body temperature below “fever level” does not mean that you are not infected with Covid 19.

  18. Corona may be playing a part in the early renewal campaign.

     

     

    Or perhaps the Club are beginning to roll out plans in what will be a massive commercial year for the club.

     

     

    Next season will not be like the 9 previous and with 5K on season ticket waiting lists, the club want every opportunity to maximise uptake.

  19. !!Bada Bing!! on

    SoT- I think clubs will try as much as they can,to keep fans attending, rebates on STs will be messy and affect a lot of smaller clubs,…..and the skint ones HH

  20. I agree that hot water in the toilets does not seem too much to expect. That apart, though, I have seen better and I have seen worse in football and rugby grounds around the UK. Overall, I don`t have a problem with the toilets at Celtic Park.

     

    Nor do I have a problem in paying an inflation related ST price rise.

     

    My biggest ` problem` will be that IF we do win the Title this year, I will have to listen to Ten in a Row being belted out from Game 1 next season. If we then go on to win that much vaunted Ten in a Row, I will understand the desire to give voice to the chant/song but, overall, I find it a bit Hunnish.

  21. HOT SMOKED on 9TH MARCH 2020 4:47 PM

     

     

    My biggest ` problem` will be that IF we do win the Title this year, I will have to listen to Ten in a Row being belted out from Game 1 next season. If we then go on to win that much vaunted Ten in a Row, I will understand the desire to give voice to the chant/song but, overall, I find it a bit Hunnish.

     

     

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    I fail to see how it’s hunnish.

     

     

    It will be embarrassing if we fail to do it. It will probably be their sweetest title win since they did the 9.

     

     

    But sometimes you have to put your cards on the table. There are targets we want to achieve as a club. It’s a battle cry.

     

     

    First, it’s ten in a row.

     

     

    After that, it will be either ‘going for 55’ or taking their bogus ‘most successful club in the world’ tag. It depends on what comes first.

     

     

    If we win the treble, our combined total of the main three Scottish trophies is 110. They will have 114.

     

     

    Is it any wonder you’ve heard them campaign for their World War 2 titles?

  22. The Battered Bunnet on

    The matter of closed door matches and season ticket refunds are not entirely crystal clear.

     

     

    Section 12 of the T&Cs apply, which provides for refunds but also allows the club discretion in the matter.

     

     

    Can’t C&P the text from the doc, and can’t be arsed typing it out, but if you’re interested it’s available via this link: http://cdn.celticfc.net/assets/downloads/ST1617-TCs.pdf

     

     

    NB These are the 2016/17 T&Cs, if there is a more current version I didn’t see it.

  23. Paul67 et al

     

     

    I suppose, if you tried hard enough, you could make a good case for arguing that exiting the Europa League was not only a good thing, but a forward looking thing, a visionary thing. Bit like getting the season ticket reminders out early doors.

  24. Timaloy 29,

     

    I , too, will enjoy all those achievements IF we get there. In fact, I would love being so successful and being able to shut THEM up would be a bonus.

     

    Nevertheless, I believe inner satisfaction is much more rewarding than is exhuberant chanting.

     

    I believe that out TIAR chant is directed at the Huns but , in the eyes of the fans of other Clubs at Celtic Park,it would seem like the kind of WATP attitude so often displayed by that mob.

     

    I don`t advocate currying favour with others but I don`t like giving ammunition to the ` as bad as each other ` brigade.

     

    So, I`ll be Hail, hailing and Never Walking Alone but an internal TIAR will be reserved for when and if it becomes a reality.