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. In the picture with Jock, I think it’s John Fitzsimons the Club Doctor at the time, por cierto

  2. GreeninbingleyinOslo on

    I’m listening to 5Live with absolute incredulity here. I love Liverpool, the city, lived there for 5 years, but am neither here nor there about their football clubs. Dislike both for different reasons.



    I’ve already heard a BBC reporter say “they’ve won the League Cup, and they got their hands on silverware last year, but now they’ve won the big one.”



    This is being reflected by the fans. “This is the big one… I know we won the Champions League last year, but this is the one that counts.”



    And there was me thinking us lot were a load of entitled drama queens. Jaysus, I’ve never heard the like.


    The English Premier League éclipses the European Cup? Away and lie in yer pish!

  3. Good evening CQN from a quite drunky poo Garngad 😂🍻



    Big Jimmy God bless you sir, I sincerely wish I could do more for you and I wish you all the best.



    You get well and we will meet either in The Lee (Howgait) beer garden or the old shipbank.



    If I can do anything else text me.



    God bless






    Ps was meant to be flying out to Costa Adeje mañana, I am scunnered.



    Anyway I am off mañana for a wee break.




  4. David66 10.54pm



    Costa Deccy … 14 days quarantine returning ??



    Trust me the Garngad is much safer and nearer the family mate …



    Tenerife will be there next summer to enjoy the 10 … the Irish Rover will take care of you then



    Hail Hail

  5. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    I’ve a total guess at the Jock photo – miguel munoz Real manager in the 1960s, aged 45 in ’67.

  6. When “truthspeaker” eventually gets the correct article … don’t respond



    How any single minded person would try and score points over any abuse




    They live in a different world from me



    Cqn … GNGB



    Take care keep safe and bring on the 10 … in fact it could be around 40 odd if the other teams abided by the rules :-)



    Petec – N-Trance … set you free :-)

  7. Tppk them over a week but this is the response I received from Celtic when I emailed them about hearing nothing about this virtual ticket, despite my renewing on March 9th:





    Thank you for your email.



    You will be able to access this on any device with a web browser including a Smart TV, the programmes will be produced by Sunset & Vine who produced the BT Sport football coverage in recent seasons so we expect a high quality production.



    These matches will be broadcast until we are able to bring fans back into Celtic Park safely, there is no additional cost or action you need to take, your access will be provided through a unique login which will be sent to you by the Club, most likely by email.







    Charming and so customer friendly.

  8. Best bit was the ‘no additional cost’.



    Over and above the £800 plus for my son and I to watch on the same laptop.



    They can feck right off!



    This is a shambolic manner in which to treat fans.

  9. ‘most likely by email’



    That’ll be the same email that they didn’t bother to send someone who renewed on March 9th.



    Aye right.



    Why should any family pay for more than one season ticket?



    This whole thing stinks.

  10. DAVID66 on 25TH JUNE 2020 10:54 PM




    your doing brilliant for that fella.



    keep it lit

  11. if teirneys career is cut short. it is because of his treatment by other footballers in scotland,

  12. right off to bed,



    if anyone is interested in the night sky, there is a wonderful pattern of planets and stars in the western sky.



    take a look put your windows or patio doors.




    beautiful , reds, greens, blues,






    its the neighbours twinkly lights.



    close season cup

  13. Open Goal … is tremendous




    Andy Halliday total Sevconian




    Sometimes we don’t appreciate how lucky we arec

  14. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    When Thatcher died the UK partied.



    When Trump dies, the whole world will party and rejoice in his death.



    He, needs to go soon.




    Hail Hail

  15. Good morning, friends, and a Big Happy Friday from a rain lashed, thunder and lightning covered Eastr Kilbride. Still warm though ;-)

  16. Good morning CQN from a very wet and thundery Garngad



    GFTB – aye next year now for Costa Adeje



    SS – thanks for your kind words



    How is it when I’m off work I’m up with the lark.😂



    Prayers for Big Jimmy guys he is back into Hospital today with a low blood count.



    D. :)

  17. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on



    Made contact with him yesterday so hopefully be able to meet for a drink whenever health and Covid allow

  18. Melbourne Mick on

    Hello again all you young rebels.



    From a maybe heading into lockdown again Melbourne.


    30 confirmed Covits today from people supposed to be in


    isolation after arriving from abroad, but refusing to be


    tested, can’t understand it.




    Congrats to you and family on your new arrival, wee Connor.


    Maybe i’ll need to get a bigger hoose if you and Laura et al


    give us a visit.




    Hope you get sorted in hospital this week, so heartening to read


    David 66 and others are looking after you.


    Reading back ” Paul McStay had the opportunity to leave Celtic


    and sh*t it ”


    Now that must be the most shameful statement about a Celtic


    legend i’ve ever read on CQN.


    Surely that will be retracted?


    H.H. Mick

  19. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    The Long Hot Summer of 2020 beckons;



    Dad’s Army – the unseen episodes



    Private Godfrey, with the help of the ever faithful Dolly and Cissy, hatches a cunning plan to usurp command of his cherished Home Guard platoon from under the unsuspecting noses of Captain Mainwaring and Sergeant Wilson. Does the shifty but financially astute Private Walker have a spanner ready to throw into the works?



    Walmington-on-Sea readies itself for the coming earthquake by putting on the kettle for a nice cup of warm tea.




    Think I’ll series link it.

  20. I too turned on Radio Five Live last night and promptly turned it off as it was all about Liverpool winning the Premiership- THE biggie in their eyes- even though they are both World and European Champions. The English are so full of themselves that winning their league is considered the most important trophy in the world.

  21. Based solely on my own experiences, a lot of Liverpool fans have Sevco as their second team. Liverpool have a strong loyalist support in the north of Ireland.



    So while I don’t really care who won the money league this year, I’d prefer most teams to Liverpool.

  22. Hrvatski Jim on




    Missing episodes were recreated a couple of years ago so write up the script – the cast is waiting for you.


    I will be the first to watch – sounds great.

  23. I lived in Liverpool for about 6 years over all. They originally had a following among the orange men in Liverpool but that changed in the 60s. Most of them have an affection these days for Celtic. I was among them when we won 2-0 at Anfield and they couldn’t have been friendlier.

  24. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    I think since Hillsborough the relationship between Liverpool and Celtic has been one of mutual admiration



    and respect.

  25. onenightinlisbon on

    Congratulations to Liverpool on their title victory.



    Imagine it was us who had not won our own domestic title for 30 years but had been champions of Europe a number of times. Would we not want that title with all our hearts and souls?



    Hope the red side of Merseyside enjoy their celebrations to the full in these difficult times.

  26. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Morning all.



    St Stivs @ 1:09 – indeed.



    That was a proper Flash Gordon sky last night. :)



    Congratulations to Liverpool.



    Great coaches. Some great players.



    And some other players playing great.



    Melbourne Mick – missed that comment about the Maestro. Agree with you on such shameful sentiments.



    I’m glad Paul stayed.



    Don’t want to dampen the mood on here but



    UK now has the highest rate of Covid-19 related excess deaths by population in the world.



    But hey ho …



    We’ve now got an aeroplane with a Union Jack painted on it !



    “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel”


    (Samuel Johnson, 1775)

  27. fairhill bhoy on

    MM/Back to Basics-apologies for my comment last night,to strong a term.Lets say he settled instead.

  28. !!Bada Bing!! on

    If any you guys are lucky enough to meet Paul McStay, you will not find a prouder guy who wore the Hoops.

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