Football bubble, the app and key takeaway to look for tomorrow


With two St Mirren players, Jak Alnwick and an unnamed other, now confirmed Covid cases, it is highly probable the disease was transmitted within the St Mirren bubble.  Despite this, their game with Hibs goes ahead tomorrow.

While I regularly criticise the Scottish Government for following the Westminster Government’s idiotic pandemic polices, including allowing fans to congregate indoors at pubs, but not in easily policed, socially distanced, outdoor arenas – which ALL the scientific evidence suggests is safer, I don’t think the Government have good options here.

With players’ kids now at school, it is impossible for them to live with their immediate family and keep all interactions within the football bubble.  Infection will happen, we have to hope that the twice-weekly testing procedures keep contagion low.  Where testing and responsible actions are taken, normal business practices should continue.

On this subject, download and use the Protect Scotland app.  If we all used this, we would be living normal lives very soon.  No personal data is harvested, you will protect those close to you and play your part in the wellbeing and economic recovery of the country.  This is not a partisan SNP thing (although they have thankfully not followed Westminster on this occasion), it is a clear ethical imperative.

Get the app, save a life/save a job/just do the decent thing.

Onto even more important subjects, Celtic play their first competitive game in front of paying spectators in six months tomorrow.  Ross County are fifth in the table, an impressive five points clear of the playoff place, but this flatters them.  County opened the season with wins against Motherwell and at Hamilton, the league’s bottom two clubs, but they have collected only two points in their four games since losing to Dundee United and Livingston.

They have scored a single goal in every game, apart from against Kilmarnock, when a late penalty saw them score twice.  Considering they have yet to face a team higher than sixth in the current table, I don’t think we can expect them to do much attacking tomorrow.

The major takeaway from this game will be whether Celtic improve their conversion of possession into chances and goals.  For me, this issue has anchored more on our shape, than personnel, this season.

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  1. TB @ 11.43



    The BBC are not banning anything — Not-Jacinda can still stand up and talk / and talk / and talk as before.



    Just a case that they won’t be putting it out live.


    They will still cover it just not live in every boring / droning detail.



    Consequently your point is wrong.

  2. TB @ the edge of Europe



    I take it you are on the Sean Connery wing of the Nats.


    You love Scotland so much that you don’t stay here.



    Interesting and then some.


    Does Turkish TV show Not-Jacinda live every lunchtime?



    If not –why not and how do you survive?

  3. Pingback: Football bubble, the app and key takeaway to look for tomorrow Paul67 - Celtic FC News Aggregation

  4. Paul 67,



    Can we realistically expect our players ( indeed any players ) to be fully focused. Yes I know they are remunerated handsomely, but they are human.




  5. Paul 67,



    I personally know people on zero hour contracts that cannot afford to self isolate. Unless they show symptoms their ignorance rightly or wrongly will be their default position.




  6. Should the St. Mirren games go ahead as planned then it confirms the decision to postpone our two games was not based on health and safety grounds.



    Which then begs the question, why were our games called off ? If it was a punishment then it was a punishment with no basis in the rules of the game.

  7. As their game is going ahead I can only deduce that our 2 games were postponed as a punishment. The infection rate is worse now.

  8. lets all do the huddle on

    On this subject, download and use the Protect Scotland app.  If we all used this, we would be living normal lives very soon.




    no we wont



    app or no app



    unless you have a very liberal interpretation of ‘soon’

  9. JAMES FORREST on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:10 PM


    ‘When did this place turn into Brit Nat Quick News?’






    Since the SNP introduced the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012 ????



    And even now not a single SNP politician or official has dared to voice one word of criticism of it.



    What’s the odds your party will try to reintroduce similar legislation in the future?

  10. Three at the back tomorrow – guile needed in midfield to breack through Ross County defence – 3-5-2… or maybe a good, old-style 2-4-4 -CHHHAAAAAARRRRRGGGGE








  11. James Forrest,



    Speaking for myself, I am extremely wary of any political movement with ” National” in their title.



    HH to you.

  12. MAD MITCH,,



    Ridiculous post from you.No matter where I stay through choice,by the way,I have a house in Scotland,should be of little importance.Not like Sean Connery,I have never voted SNP,but I will next time.


    This might be a little hard for you to understand.I am Scottish,my children,are Scottish,as are my grandchildren,who all live in Scotland.Why should I not be concerned,because I have decided to live in the sunshine for a while.


    And,unlike you,I don’t come on the blog every day,boring the arse off most posters with political rants,convincing no one.I will make the odd point.It seems even that is like a red rag to you.


    More to be pitied.

  13. Spent a very enjoyable 4 days in Hamburg last weekend with the Edinburgh crew. We did a U-Bahn pub crawl on the U3. We got off at one station and basically in loud Scottish voices, whilst pointing across the road, said “Look there’s a pub over there.” Bearing in mind not one of us was wearing colours we were greeted at the bottom of the U-Bahn steps by a young man “Ah, Celtic, Glasgow.” You couldn’t make it up. Must have been the 5 ‘good-looking’ drunken Scotsmen that gave it away. 😉😂



    Does anyone know if tomorrow’s game is on CTV or is it just Staggies TV?

  14. lets all do the huddle on

    Any cricket news?







    irishman eoin morgan and south african jason roy are available agaiin to open the batting for england!



    starts 1pm



    between that, the horse racing, F1 practice and tour de france, im going to be struggling to get any work done



    thank goodness for this working from home lark!

  15. OH,just another thing,MAD MITCH,your “Not Jacinda”barb,directed at NS,is fekin pathetic.Not even on a par with the Hun Unionists jibes.


    Says it all,when you think its witty.

  16. TURKEYBHOY on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:18 PM



    Just to be clear about this.



    You don’t live in Scotland?



    You live in Turkey?

  17. TB @ 12.18



    So you are an off-shore rentier capitalist then …



    Maybe if you had lived in Scotland / were living in Scotland it would be easier for you to appreciate that Not-Jacinda and her cabal of the useless / the clueless / the hopeless are not doing a very good job of running our wee country at the moment.



    All froth and no action with all her efforts focused on grievance and IndyRef2 rather than delivering a response to CoViD19.



    with the amount of Unionists on here,it could quite easily change its name to ,if not The Bears Den,then,The Unionists Den.

  19. lets all do the huddle on

    Any cricket news?





    oh and i could tell by the tone of your question that you are worried about the weather in manchester to see whether we will get a full match



    well michael fish says we should all calm down. looks like its going to be dry enough




  20. Does anyone know whether there are any security concerns with leaving bluetooth running continuously on your phone?

  21. i just registered and paid for the game tomorrow



    the RCFC site looks and works remarkably like the Celtic Pass site. Same presenters too e.g. John Hartson



    2 pico seconds after I got my payment conf email; Celtic Shop sent me a mail



    You can select Home or Away video for the pre match pish music



    There was also a discount code section so maybe RCFC have a code for their own fellas

  22. Celtic quicknews


    Current affairs quicknews


    Covid quicknews


    Cricket quicknews


    Cymru quicknews



    Take your pick – open to all

  23. JF @ 12.10



    Because reality trumps the Children’s Crusade that is the current Nat campaign for separation / IndyRef2.



    Because the reality of our current failure against CoViD19 trumps the hot air and tea towel politics of the Nat charade of saying lots but delivering little.

  24. TURKEYBHOY on 11TH SEPTEMBER 2020 12:27 PM




    The overwhelming majority of Celtic fans living in Scotland have been ‘Unionists’, so far as Scotland is concerned, since 1888.



    If you have a problem with that, then it’s you that has the problem.



    ,Iknow you are not thick,sometimes I read your posts,and I struggle keep that assumption,but you do understand the concept of living between two countries.


    If you have a problem with that,like the idiot Mad Mitch,because I can afford to,then thats a different thing entirely.

  26. Let’s all


    Currently in North Wales the weather is similar to Manchester – looks fine for the rest of the day with a chance of rain late evening.

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