Government allows drinkers into pubs as football fans wait


Yesterday we learned that the Scottish Government hoped to authorise socially distanced outdoor events from 23 July.  Reports today suggest the club “plan” to have 30,000 fans at games by August.

Before that happens, the virus must continue on its current trajectory, the social ‘distance’ must reduce from 2m and the Government needs to give the green light.

When we are back at football, it will feel more like an airport experience, with temperature checks, travel flow guidelines, sanitise stations, masks and the kind of distancing rules that will make the prohibition on horizontal movement look like a swearing ban.

I don’t think there is much sympathy from the politicians for football’s position – they have more important things to worry about, but what Celtic and the SRU in particular have assured, is that football can be as safe, if not safer, than most other outdoor activities, and safer than all social indoor ones.  When the Government allows drinkers into pubs and beer gardens, they will find it difficult to revert to their usual antagonistic approach to football fans.

Still nothing from Celtic on any of this, which is right.  Under-promise when you cannot control events.  And no one is campaigning for a return, wait until we are safe and be fair.

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  1. Does anyone know how the Real Madrid socios work. If I remember correctly you bought your socio (membership) and this gave you first access to tickets but if you did not buy before a certain date ticket was available to public. Don’t know if there would be much clamour to see Inverness on a cold Wednesday in February?

  2. Star, I would love to do that, I can only manage one possibly two games per season, my personal life does not allow for anything else, however being able to contribute in such a way would be very meaningful to me, Like others have suggested I will need some sort of reassurance that the money was used properly and not just to line preference shareholders pockets! Buying players who are above and beyond Celtic’s budget would be the perfect example & of course for me I would like to see some sort of charitable element in it, like 5% of extra money generated for Mary’s meals!

  3. Neustadt-Braw on

    PHILBHOY on 27TH JUNE 2020 12:35 PM


    Got an email from HUNDERBIRDSAREGONE’S daughter.







    She said –







    Thank you so so much for your message. It really touched all of us!







    We’re loving hearing about all the love the Celtic family have for our dad.







    Thank you to everyone for keeping us in your prayers it really means a lot.







    Sionainn x








    I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to Stevie and all whom he loves and holds dear…had many a good laugh with him on our wee green place….he was a braw braw lad…



    you were well named ….



    he will never walk the walk alone ….




  4. Bada – That’s a strange one given he’ll be in a truncated season in the championship.



    More money than Celtic offer?


    More chance of a Scotland call-up?






    Good Morning all







    I read a few posts a while back by Auldheid & Celtic1Member1Vote (I think) re a membership scheme. I’ve been thinking about this so I thought I’d share my thoughts.







    By my research ( I Googled it ) there are 9 million Celts Worldwide. Say for arguments sake 100k of us paid £150 per year to be part of this Membership Scheme. That’s £15 million a season. This money could be put towards upgrading Lennoxtown, I’m thinking full sized indoor pitch, Futsal pitches which are everywhere in South America, Portugal etc which encourages keeping the ball on the deck and produces more skilful technical players, indoor sand pitches which are superb for honing skills, increasing core stability resulting in stronger, fitter players and also for players recovering from injury. Barrowfield could be upgraded for our younger players who train there. The remaining funds would be exclusively for the manager to spend on the 1st team.







    In return for Membership each Member could get a discount on Official Merchandise, offers from companies that the Club has a partnership with etc.







    It would also provide an opportunity for supporters like myself who work almost EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND, therefore cant justify an ST to contribute to the club, knowing that my dosh is going to directly help the 1st team and Celtic players of the future.







    I dont know how this would work with our current PLC model, maybe someone better qualified than me could explain but I think it’s a good way to get extra funds for better players which is ultimately what we all want.







    Apologies for the length of the post and Thanks for taking the time to read it ( assuming you have 😂)







    HH 🍀🍀🍀





    I also work every weekend. Can’t justify the outlay and travel across from the North of Ireland. I would however 100% sign up to a membership scheme you suggest above.

  6. AN TEARMANN on 29TH JUNE 2020 10:30 AM



    hi mate.



    Do you think you may be replacing meeja sites now for information? instead of what they used to write in the rekkkord or Murdoch’s bog roll.



    I attach no more kudos to ‘the athletic than any other meeja.differing shades of brown.



    Sites and some of them written by our own support are keef and Daryl wannabes,most of them on Celtic news now are full of utter guff ridden nonsense.but I suppose clicks make money.



    keep safe mate,









    That’s exactly the point isn’t it? As you say, most sites run out guff every day to keep the clicks coming in. The Athletic is run differently as a subscription outlet.



    It doesn’t rely on constant transfer speculation. The Celtic coverage is geared towards Celtic fans. The blue pound have their own correspondent churning out guff PR.



    I think it’s pretty good and a million miles away from your Daily Record. It’s actually well written!



    None of this…. RANGERS new STARLET JETS IN from English Premier League GIANTS Leicester City



    Kieran Devlin did one article about Celtic’s transfer policy this summer. None of it was particularly surprising but seems a measured approach.



    Turnbull, Hickey & McKenna are all targets. They have been on Celtic’s radar for a while but moves will depend on different circumstances. It’s unlikely Celtic will move for Turnbull or McKenna if we manage to keep Ajer & Ntcham.



    The club favor keeping players because of the deflated market predicted this summer.



    Club working hard to get Forster & Elyounoussi back. Loan deals more likely.



    Apart from that? Celtic will be monitoring long-term targets in their usual markets: English academies, the top two divisions in France and Eastern Europe.

  7. Christ, could you imagine losing Ajer and Ntcham and replacing them with McKenna and Turnball?



    I’d drive Neil Lennon to the airport myself…..



    And for that reason I think the Athletic is guff and puff…

  8. My friends in Celtic,



    I remember circa 6 years on here ago debating the merits of signing Craig Gordon.


    I thought it was a backward step signing a “has been ” injury prone goalkeeper who hadn’t had a regular game for 3 seasons.



    I was totally wrong. A great free signing and a great servant and credit to Celtic.



    Best wishes Craig.



    HH to all.

  9. Agree re Gordon, one of the best ‘keepers we’ve had in my eyes.



    Though I hadn’t forgiven him for coming up for a corner in a meaningless game for Hearts v us until yesterday, when I heard he went to Kenya with Mary’s meals to help build a school. :)



    I wish him all the best for the remainder of his career.

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