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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  1. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    I’ve no idea why you find the numbers so hard to accept.


    I’ve not told you, you must do or believe anything. I simply make a claim and provided the sources the support that claim.


    You chose to try and discredit the claim without any supporting information and ridicule the claim which if as I believe the information is correct then you are making dangerous suggestions in a disingenuous way.


    So on that logic the shame is all on you.

  2. celtic40me on 10th March 2020 9:43 am


    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.”







    I wonder how many football matches this doctor has attended.



    In most big grounds most spectators will be sitting/standing for two hours within six feet of fourteen people.



    They will also be in close contact with crowds of people on crowded stairways and concourses.



    These are not outdoor events.

  3. Ernie


    Not to mention public transport getting to the event – and of course there’s the pre-match bevvy

  4. Canamalar from the comments of the above article…



    This is a preliminary study. Considering the grave situation, it was shared in BioRxiv as soon as possible to have creative discussion on the fast evolution of SARS-like corona viruses. It was not our intention to feed into the conspiracy theories and no such claims are made here. While we appreciate the criticisms and comments provided by scientific colleagues at BioRxiv forum and elsewhere, the story has been differently interpreted and shared by social media and news platforms. We have positively received all criticisms and comments. To avoid further misinterpretation and confusions world-over, we have decided to withdraw the current version of the preprint and will get back with a revised version after reanalysis, addressing the comments and concerns. Thank you to all who contributed in this open-review process.


    : Authors of the Manuscript

  5. Regardless of how it started we are where we are. Italy and S.Korea are examples of how the number of cases can rise quickly. Italy has gone from lockdown in the North to a complete lockdown within 24 hours.


    So I’m confused why the UK seem to be waiting for the inevitable before taking early measures to reduce social gatherings etc.



    However I know it’s about the economy stupid

  6. CANMAN,


    My post only related to the number of deaths every year from Flu virus.No widespread panic.As far as we are led to believe,only people with existing illness will be at risk of fatalities with Covid.Not so,with Flu virus.You will argue,but the hysteria being whipped up by this is all down to the Media.Its sensationalism,nothing else.More people will die of Flu this year,than Covid.Wont make a headline.

  7. Ernie,


    I am surprised you have time to post.Thought you would be out scouring the place for Toilet Rolls.You cant have too many.But you know that.

  8. Canamalar it looks like OCD obsession on



    I read the retraction and criticisms but none of them refute the Finding about the HIV connection just condemnation that it was published, some ever declared it was flawed without qualifying why or how it is flawed.


    The thing is, first and second year biochemists regularly carry out identification of DNA & RNA component identification so the HIV connection is most likely accurate.


    The rush to condemnation and ridicule has all the hall marks of conserved effort by interested parties who could end up having to explain themselves before they’ve organised the plausible deniability they are working on.



    If life has teaches me anything is that we’ve not been suspicious enough and it’s usually down to laziness and lack of research when people cry if I’d only nee more they wouldn’t have duped me.

  9. My friends in Celtic,



    I will be on Mchuills ( God willing ) to watch us put the huns firmly back in their box.




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