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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    Couldn’t agree more, and our government, for once does seem to be taking a sensible approach to it to avoid the sort of panic that can lead to irrational, selfish and anti-social behavior. They are saying that we need to avoid the sort of “fatigue” with the issue that false panics can bring about and mean when we do need to be most vigilant we’re all properly engaged.



    We (the UK) were also in the middle of a very uncertain time with our economy before this came along. We need to be mindful that an extended downturn in our economic fortunes could have very serious repercussions for the whole country.

  2. Not wishing to trivialize Covid -19,but the worldwide panic just seems to be just that.


    This year in America,official figures for the common old Flu virus are thus,34 to 49 million will catch it.500,000 will be hospitalized,and up to 52,000 will die.This is every year,during Flu season.


    Malaria,will cause 300 million acute cases,with around 500,000 deaths.That again,is every year


    Listening to the Scottish news last night,I think the total number of cases was 23,none serious.

  3. ‘GG on 10TH MARCH 2020 9:56 AM


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



    Is there a move to bring him back for Scotland?





    Every non-Celtic fan I’ve spoke to want him starting against Israel

  4. Bankiebhoy1…every need for the swearies….It emphasise the fekin point lol…don’t be pickin anyone else’s nose…and kiss yerself 😂👍







  5. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    CORKCELT on 10TH MARCH 2020 9:45 AM



    Health services will be under tremendous pressure whatever happens but if people follow the advice given and don’t think any time off is a time to socialise then the number of cases will be kept just within a manageable level at any given time.



    Its far from guaranteed this will happen though – people in Italy socialising and frantically trying to travel to get out of areas in lockdown etc. and potentially spreading the disease a lot further.



    The problem is a lot of people are stupid and just don’t listen. But we knew that already with the number of anti-vaxxers around, who I’d guess won’t be so noticeable when offered a vaccine for the coronavirus next year!




  6. You need to frighten people enough to encourage them to wash their hands more but not frighten them so much that they go bog roll shopping in a transit van with a bucket over their heads.




    smiley a baby boom in Italy methinks thing



    the Coronavirus Kids




  7. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Have a look at the pneumonia stats, this is an infectious pneumonia which is a big bit different from flu.

  8. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    eTims rumour that once a certain number of cases hit season will be called off, Euros won’t go ahead nor the CL qualifiers.




  9. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on

    Another issue I done think has been publicised in the uk, guy I’m working with has daughter who is an intern in London. A patient was misdiagnosed recently and 300 interns were told to self quarantine for 2 weeks, that will have an impact on available medical staff.

  10. Ah the etims rumour….



    How pish-stained was that source.



    Made up nonsense that adds nothing to a real concern for people and lovers of football.



    Best ignored.

  11. Canman…hav u been paid to over emphasise the impact…thawt that was the politicos job…lets just buy buy buy nonsense lol



    Yer gonna hav to fire yer maids CSC




  12. Siempre Celtic (formerly Traditionalist88) on

    *any readers/former readers of etims rumour mill will appreciate that one




  13. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Found it, where should I send it to 😁



    Oh and maybe you can tell us more about the medical practices in a country that had doctors for thousands of years compared to the west’s hundred years taking over from barbers crew cuts and amputations.


    If you read the links I put up earlier you might be better informed about where it actually emanated from.

  14. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Over emphasise the potential danger of infectious pneumonia

  15. just renewed my ST. Increase was 3% from last year



    above inflation but in line with wage growth indices



    getting to be a pretty pricey ticket now

  16. whit chance does a wee virus have in the big hoose?



    smiley they have gotten through them all thing





  17. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Above inflation 😂😂😂😂😂



    Wage growth indices 😂😂😂😂😂



    There’s no many whose wages have recovered to 2008 levels.

  18. Coneybhoy



    Getting to watch and celebrate Ten In A Row?






    Caveat : This is meant to be a quip and in no way endorses the real stress caused on rising costs for overstretched family budgets. These Terms and conditions do not apply in Govan.

  19. South Of Tunis on

    Covid 19 is not a type of influenza ,it is a new type of Coronovirus..Given the chance it will turn your lungs into something resembling a mushy honeycomb..

  20. Interesting newspaper piece i came accross recently concerning the current virus which has us all on our guard to quote ‘this kind of virus was, until recently, found only in East Asian bats – and it doesn’t harm them.



    The virus is thought to have got to humans via bats sold in Chinese markets for food or traditional medicine or via other species also sold in the markets. Chinese scientists and some foreign colleagues have been warning for years that these bats were a risk.



    The first human cases were in December, in people with links to wild life market in the city of Wuhan, many worked there, after an initial attempt to hush up the outbreak’ unquote.

  21. Canamalar…potential is all it is. .and u know it…and it’s not viral pneumonia…but if it helps…keep shouting nonsense 😂







  22. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    Didn’t know bats had an HIV problem, which would explain why they found HIV amino acid residues are components of the Coronavirus.


    This is nan made.

  23. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    See SoT post @ 10:59.


    And it spreads like flu. I was originally joking when I suggested the Darwin Award but you are setting yourself up as a serious contender.

  24. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    The research and resultant thesis was written by 8 Indians 😁😁😁😁😁

  25. Canman…wow…your assertions have to be abided by…or else…that is one of the dumbest things you’ve posted…and u know it…shame on u

  26. Cantheman…..



    smiley oh goodness gracious me thing






    hahahahahahahha hope your doing brawily

  27. I know how serious this virus could be, so not demeaning



    But….the good ole national news on the beeb this morning was telling me that thousands of people world wide had been diagnosed with the illness and thousands had died worldwide.



    Then………….they scream………….and 25000 people have been tested in the UK!



    TESTED FFS! They forgot to tell us that more than 95% of the tests were negative!



    Scare mongering of the highest order.



    The national broadcaster is a fekin disgrace!

  28. Thanx Canman…I found it hard to get past Uncanny Similarity…to every other lie we’ve been told 😂👍lol