Doors closing across Europe


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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    I think you’re reading far too much into the chant. It’s a bit of banter.



    Even the mini huns are getting in on the act – they played It’s Magic over their PA after beating them.

  2. PHILBHOY on 9TH MARCH 2020 4:06 PM


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






    Molton Brown hand wash and Dyson air blade hand dryers, to wash the excess prawn off the fingers.

  3. MONDAY 9TH MAY 1981




    I have left this rather late tonight and it is cold. The priest Fr Murphy was in. I had a discussion with him on the situation. He said he enjoyed our talk and was somewhat enlightened, when he was leaving.



    On the subject of priests, I received a small note from a Fr S. C. from Tralee, Kerry, and some holy pictures of Our Lady. The thought touched me. If it is the same man, I recall him giving a lecture to us in Cage 11 some years ago on the right to lift arms in defence of the freedom of one’s occupied and oppressed nation. Preaching to the converted he was, but it all helps.



    It is my birthday and the boys are having a sing-song for me, bless their hearts. I braved it to the door, at their request, to make a bit of a speech, for what it was worth. I wrote to several friends today including Bernie and my mother. I feel all right and my weight is 60 kgs.



    I always keep thinking of James Connolly, and the great calm and dignity that he showed right to his very end, his courage and resolve. Perhaps I am biased, because there have been thousands like him but Connolly has always been the man that I looked up to.



    I always have tremendous feeling for Liam Mellowes as well; and for the present leadership of the Republican Movement, and a confidence in them that they will always remain undaunted and unchanged. And again, dare I forget the Irish people of today, and the risen people of the past, they too hold a special place in my heart.



    Well, I have gotten by twenty-seven years, so that is something. I may die, but the Republic of 1916 will never die. Onward to the Republic and liberation of our people.

  4. In my experience few people wash their hands after going for a pee. I am in front stand east and our toilets are awful mainly because of the building layout which I believe are about 60years old. the new stands should be much better than the old main stand. it beggars believe that the newer stands don’t have hot water or paper towels.



    I feel that those with season tickets should write to the club and complain about the lack of hygene in the toilets. this coronavirus has highlighted the way we should be behaving in terms of handwashing. I for one will be washing my hands as often as possible,



    The strange thing is when my sister was at Glasgow Uni studying Biochemistry she had to take test samples for bacteria around the university and the samples from the tables in the refectory were hundred times more rife than the samples from the wc pans.



    I bet the pie stands have more bacteria than the toilets

  5. Just got a txt from ticket office . Renewal date may the 1st . Sorry if already reported

  6. TB – previous thread.



    The Young Gilmour looks like a very, very good prospect and I hope his career flourishes.


    The Guff as mentioned refers to the elaborately packaged puffery packaged up nicely for konsumption by the hunned-up masses.




  7. The Battered Bunnet on 9th March 2020 4:59 pm



    I think this is the relevant condition for the forthcoming season, not sure if it differs from this season’s condition.



    There’s no explicit provision for what should happen for closed door games.



    11 Match Dates and Times. All match dates and times are subject to change. The Club is not obliged to provide a refund or compensation if match dates or times for which the Season Ticket is valid change, are unsuitable for the Holder, or the Holder is unable to attend matches included within the Season Ticket. If the Club is unable to complete a match fixture to provide a result for the purposes of the football authorities due to causes beyond the control of the Club, and that match fixture is not re-scheduled, the Holder will be compensated for any corresponding reduction in services. Refunds in any other circumstances are at the discretion of the Club.

  8. Canamalar – Highland Paddy, Los Gigs


    Kelly has never let me miss a Celtic game that was on TV (they do not have Celtic TV) in the last five years and I go there 4 times a year!


    Isn’t it great how a wee bottle of plonk can make an overworked person feel appreciated.


    You should try it!


    Hail! Hail!



  9. fairhill bhoy on

    Apologies for my childish behaviour last night.My emotional side took over,still no excuse for the pathetic language so again sincere apologies to the blog.A wee time out is calling

  10. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    FAIRHILL BHOY on 9TH MARCH 2020 6:38 PM


    Apologies for my childish behaviour last night.My emotional side took over,still no excuse for the pathetic language so again sincere apologies to the blog.A wee time out is calling.









    Gerry Rafferty. Another Star.







    Don’t be away too long!



    You just need to learn to scroll by.



    Take care and get posting soon!

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Olympiakos v Wolves on Thursday, now behind closed doors….cue 1,000 Wolves fans wandering around bars and restaurants….what could possibly go wrong?

  13. I suffer from psoriasis, so washing my hands 25 times a day has consequences for my skin.



    Naebudy wid want te shake ma hauns!

  14. South Of Tunis on

    All domestic sport cancelled in Italy until at least the 3rd of April.Anything European or National will be played behind closed doors

  15. Firing out some very strange statistics over here in Ireland.


    The reckon currently we are in the containment stage. That means for every single individual who tests positive they attempt to track down all contacts & get them into isolation.


    However they accept that this is purely a delaying tactic once the numbers rise significantly they will just not be able to cope so they will just give up on this and move into the delay phase.


    That is simply a campaign to get as many people as possible to alter their lifestyle & habits to try & avoid contracting the virus, they expect to be moving to phase 2 in a matter of weeks.


    Final stage is mitigation,, whereby they concentrate resources in looking after the most seriously ill.


    They reckon that anything between 50 to 60% of population are likely to contract the virus and that this threat is likely to last at least a year.

  16. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    CORKCELT on 9TH MARCH 2020 8:05 PM



    ” That is simply a campaign to get as many people as possible to alter their lifestyle & habits to try & avoid contracting the virus, they expect to be moving to phase 2 in a matter of weeks.”





    P`raps get the Chinese to alter their habits of eating anything that has ever moved .


    Or , as I have personally witnessed , is still moving .

  17. lets all do the huddle on

    Has the board given any reason for the early ST renewals?




    john paul taylor mentioned stuff about earlier season finish and system upgrades

  18. Guys the CQN population is wide and varied.



    Does anyone know anyone who has contracted COVID -19?






    D. :)

  19. South Of Tunis on

    8 30 pm news..



    All of Italy is now subject to the relevant Government measures re Covid 19.

  20. How much must it gall the Sevconians that they are in such dire straits they need a squirrel story about their becoming a feeder club to Chelsea as a pick me up to distract from how bad their club actually is.


    They boast of their being the most successful club in the world (yeah, I know, I know) but now reduced to fanciful stories of becoming nothing more than a feeder club to their English cousins and that’s supposed to make them feel better!?



    Really Mr Traynor?! Do you really see that as being a good news story?

  21. SOT


    Particularly tough time in Italy – we could easily be heading that way which makes me wonder why we haven’t introduced some of the measures that we predict we will have to do when and not if.

  22. Hot Smoked



    I’m still haunted by the sight of Gough scoring a late winner against us at the start of the Wim season. It utterly sickened me. I was convinced they were doing the Ten.



    So, I want the GB to sing the “This is what it feels to be Celtic” chant after every goal ending with “goalscorer” is here for ten in a row!



    That way, every Celtic goal will be like a dagger through their zombie hearts!