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.

Click Here for Comments >

About Author


  1. For anyone downplaying the Covid-19 Coronavirus there is one thing I would draw your attention to.


    UK has 321 confirmed cases. 5 deaths


    Italy has 9,172 cases . 463 deaths.



    Two weeks ago the number of confirmed cases in Italy was in the 300’s.



    Some experts say that the virus can survive on surfaces for 72 hrs. If true that means we could observe all precautions regarding hand wash and could have the virus delivered through our letterbox.



    At a time like this football is trivial. However I would like us to win Sunday to ensure that if the league is suspended or abandoned in two weeks time that the title is undisputedly ours.



    The Onlooker

  2. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on






    President comes from the epicentre of global medical expertise …………..Ethiopia.

  3. The board are easy targets for criticism, but their prudence has contributed to our




    They drew their horns in after the run to Seville.


    The Huns continued to pursue their insanity and we all know how that ended.


    We have the best players, the best management team and the best facilities all due to our financial strength.


    Should the season be played out behind closed doors or even abandoned, only Celtic with our cash reserves will be able to withstand the impending Armageddon.


    I’m sure it wasn’t foreseen but it is certainly fortuitous.

  4. The Onlooker


    We don’t as yet know enough about the virus or it’s origins due primarily to the Chinese regime being unwilling to allow CDC and WHO experts into the area at the initial outbreak.


    I think, I hope and pray that the knowledge and resources of capitalism will quickly create an effective vaccine.

  5. Macjay1


    Although Tedros Gebreyesus (spelling) WHO Director General,is essentially a political administrator, he does have a degree in immunology, so he is probably uniquely positioned to address the Cocid-19 pandemic. I assume we can now call it that.

  6. 10pm after a long sunny day with temperature reaching 73 degrees.


    Goodnight and God bless all CQNers, posting, lurking and sweating in the sin bin.


    You know who you are 😂

  7. Good morning from a very mild but damp Garngad



    An interesting read back with some great posts



    Does the Flu jab cover COVID -19, Or give any protection/ lessen the chances.



    Bring on the Currents ⚽️



    D. :)

  8. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    If I tell you Trump asked the same question would you be offended 😁

  9. GFTB, or whatever name next week ! 3 reds that’s a worse record than morales 😂( only kidding) catch you next under your new moniker ! Hopefully we smash the hunz on Sunday! Then watch them ramp up for the season to be null and void ! Fairhillbhoy get back on posting about Mick and the golf

  10. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    GG @ 01:39, I’d hope they developed a vaccine with the virus. Capitalism is great it sometimes even provides solutions for the problems it creates.

  11. Ano Canalmar wtf was I thinking.



    I’ll blame it on just being up out ma scratcher.






    D. :)

  12. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on





    From that link I posted it looks like HIV treatment is more applicable, scary stuff

  13. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Another link same source that actually points the finger and if the claim of vaccine is ready for distribution is true, then it looks like the source is found

  14. Canamalar – sorry not Canalmar, I’m having another mare today 😂



    I will have a wee look






    D. :)

  15. Wtf….covid 19….is a variation of the common flu which annually takes 2000+lives of those with underlying health problems in the uk….

  16. TLT – good on you.



    I am in he same boat as you, but the elderly and infirm should take care as with the yearly flu.



    Maybe slightly more so until a vaccination is found.



    D. :)

  17. MelbourneMick


    Sitting here in my bumblebee top reading back on the blog handbags and looking forward to a hunskelping Sunday.



    If you are in mount Maunganui port, beachside Tauranga, any evening or this weekend it would be great to catch up for a brew or two. I will check on here to see where you are at. Enjoy Aotearoa Mhate. Hail Hail 🍀🇮🇪🍀




  18. D66…absolutely…those that take a flu jab should do so…but I find the whole thing weird







  19. TLT – same here.



    anyway 3-1 to the Bhoys on Sunday with a 3-5-2, I have changed my mind from the safe bet of 4-5-1 and hit them on the break… No sir 3-5-2 for me now let’s unleash hell on them.



    D. :)

  20. As long as my local isnae shut on Sunday for the game 😂🍺😂🍺😂🍺😂






    D. :)

  21. Regarding the CH article there is no doubting the fact that different viruses can affect different ethnicities in different ways. For example the Epstein-Barr virus which is responsible for glandular fever in Caucasians is responsible for causing cancer in those of Asian ethnicity.


    However, if Covid-19 was manufactured to infect those of Asian ethnicity, with a mortality rate averaging 3%, why are Italians dying at a much higher rate, currently the mortality rate in Italy is running about 5-6% which is double the global average of about 1-3%?

  22. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    You don’t need to be in a bubble, a few simple cautions like washing your hands, resisting the urge to touch your mouth, nose and eyes and avoiding crowds, if in crowd a mask and carry a wee bottle of sanitiser. Oh and don’t kiss infected people.


    I’m being told we will be expected to self quarantine here in kuwait soon, so my advice for quarantine is prepare now, start buying in tinned grub and pasta in case there is a quarantine which is likely. Remember none of it will go to waste.


    There today I saved CQNers 😁



    GG @ 01:39, I’d hope they developed a vaccine with the virus. Capitalism is great it sometimes even provides solutions for the problems it creates




    Indeed it does. Why are theses viruses emanating from areas of the world with poor health practices?


    Anyway back to my bed.


    Diuretic insomniacs unite. You’ve nothing to lose but your sleep.

  24. Canamalar


    On reading back I see you’re in Q8.


    Could you do me a favour and see if you can find the beer kits I left behind in Abu Hlaifah 1987?

  25. South Of Tunis on

    POG@ 8.37.


    Italians tend to live long.Country is chokka with people over 80 .More elderly people means more people are vulnerable to Covid 19.-hence the higher than average death rate

  26. Dr Harries (England’s deputy chief medical officer) said cancelling big outdoor events like football matches would not necessarily be a decision supported by science.


    “The virus will not survive very long outside,” she said. “Many outdoor events, particularly, are relatively safe.”

  27. I’m trying to keep an open mind on the virus thing.


    I must admit last couple of days I am getting a bit more concerned.


    Anyhow it’s up to each of us to live our own lives so I will not preach to anyone.


    For me apart from wanting to protect my family, there is also a social issue .


    The Health Service is constantly under pressure, if this virus becomes the anticipated epidemic I’m not sure how or if it could cope.


    So apart from Personal & Family consideration I think there is a social responsibility to heed the warnings and if possible make lifestyle changes to try not to become a statistic adding to the National problem.

  28. I see Leigh is getting a lot of attention from the MSM.


    Is there a move to bring him back for Scotland?