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. Its not Liverpool F.C that have been great.



    Jurgen Klopp is the great one. Liverpool have been lucky to have him.

  2. Well done Liverpool. 30 years in the making. Why not celebrate like it means everything to you?



    Terrific team who play some lovelty football with pace and power. And 2 fellas in Virgil and Andy R who think very fondly of us as a club…



    Good grief. Loved watching Kenny and Jurgen’s emotion last night. That’s what football means to us. Some of us seem t have forgotten…..

  3. David 66



    When you and Big Jimmy are having your pint let me know I would love to buy you a drink for what you are doing for the big mhan.




  4. Tonyrome – I am only doing a small bit to help Big Jimmy, a Bhoy in need. I wish I could do more but work and family gets in the way sometimes.



    If we cannot help our fellow man out what are we.



    Hail Hail and of course we will let as many people know and we can maybe gave a wee get together when socially acceptable.



    D. :)

  5. DAVID66



    You are a credit to your family and yourself.



    Thank you and I hope BIG JIMMY gets on well at the hospital today.

  6. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    PCS- Phil Scraton’s book on Hillsborough starts off with the 1966 game; using it as an example of the ‘bad



    old days’, which is fair enough, as I think the atmosphere was volatile, to say the least.



    I was disappointed that later on in the book he did not give Celtic any credit for the help they gave Liverpool



    after the tragedy.



    Fergus Mccann said that , for all their faults, the old Board’s response to Hillsborough was



    absolutely spot on.

  7. DBBIA,



    I was also at that game at Parkhead when Liverpool played their first game after Hillsborough. I was saying this by text to a Liverpool supporter friend of mine who has emigrated to Australia, when I congratulating him earlier.

  8. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    HRVATSKI JIM on 26TH JUNE 2020 9:14 AM



    Check. Will get round to it. Sunset & Vine have me working on their first show in Celtic Park.



    Sutton: Well McCoist, I’m back in Paradise after too long away. Looking forward to the champions on show?


    McCoist: Look, Sutton, I’ve not been paying attention recently. It’s all changed since my day so you’ll have to tell me their names, and then I’ll know who’s playing on the team.



    Sutton: Well, let’s see, we have Who’s on the ball now, What’s wide left, I Don’t Know is centre mid.


    McCoist: That’s what I want to find out.


    Sutton: I say Who’s on the ball now, What’s wide left, I Don’t Know’s centre mid.



    McCoist: Are you a former Celt?


    Sutton: Yes.


    McCoist: You gonna be here all season?


    Sutton: Yes.


    McCoist: And you don’t know the players’ names?


    Sutton: Well I should.



    McCoist: Well then who’s on the ball now?


    Sutton: Yes.


    McCoist: I mean the fellow’s name.


    Sutton: Who.


    McCoist: The guy on the ball now.


    Sutton: Who.


    McCoist: The number 67.


    Sutton: Who.


    McCoist: That guy in front of us…


    Sutton: Who is on the ball now!



    McCoist: I’m asking YOU who’s on the ball now?


    Sutton: That’s the man’s name.


    McCoist: That’s who’s name?


    Sutton: Yes.


    McCoist: Well go ahead and tell me.


    Sutton: That’s it.


    McCoist: That’s who?


    Sutton: Yes.





    McCoist: Look, you gotta man on the ball now?


    Sutton: Certainly.


    McCoist: so who’s on the ball now?


    Sutton: That’s right.


    McCoist: When you pay off the man on the ball now every month, who gets the money?


    Sutton: Every penny of it.


    McCoist: All I’m trying to find out is the fellow’s name.


    Sutton: Who.


    McCoist: The guy that gets…


    Sutton: That’s it.


    McCoist: Who gets the money…


    Sutton: He does, every penny. Sometimes his wife comes down and collects it.


    McCoist: Who’s wife?


    Sutton: Yes.





    Sutton: What’s wrong with that?



    McCoist: Look, all I wanna know is when you sign up the man on the ball now, how does he sign his name?


    Sutton: Who.


    McCoist: The guy.


    Sutton: Who.


    McCoist: How does he sign…


    Sutton: That’s how he signs it.


    McCoist: Who?


    Sutton: Yes.





    McCoist: All I’m trying to find out is what’s the guy’s name on the ball now?


    Sutton: No. What is wide left.


    McCoist: I’m not asking you who’s wide left.


    Sutton: Who’s on the ball now.


    McCoist: One player at a time!


    Sutton: Well, don’t change the players around.


    McCoist: I’m not changing nobody!



    Sutton: Take it easy, buddy.


    McCoist: I’m only asking you, who’s the guy on the ball now?


    Sutton: That’s right.


    McCoist: Ok.


    Sutton: All right.





    McCoist: What’s the guy’s name on the ball now?


    Sutton: No. What is wide left.


    McCoist: I’m not asking you who’s wide left.


    Sutton: Who’s on the ball now.


    McCoist: I don’t know.


    Sutton: He’s centre mid, we’re not talking about him.



    McCoist: Now how did I get to centre mid?


    Sutton: You mentioned his name.


    McCoist: If I mentioned the centre mid’s name, who did I say is playing centre mid?


    Sutton: No. Who’s on the ball now.


    McCoist: What’s centre mid?


    Sutton: What’s wide left.


    McCoist: I don’t know.


    Sutton: He’s centre mid.


    McCoist: There I go, back in centre mid again!





    McCoist: Would you just stay in centre mid and don’t go off it.


    Sutton: All right, what do you want to know?


    McCoist: Now who’s playing centre mid?


    Sutton: Why do you insist on putting Who in centre mid?


    McCoist: What am I putting in centre mid?


    Sutton: No. What is wide left.


    McCoist: You don’t want who wide left?


    Sutton: Who is on the ball now.


    McCoist: I don’t know.


    Sutton & McCoist together: CENTRE MID!!





    McCoist: Look, you gotta referee?


    Sutton: Sure.


    McCoist: His name?


    Sutton: Why.


    McCoist: I just thought I’d ask you.


    Sutton: Well, I just thought I’d tell ya.


    McCoist: Then tell me who’s the referee?


    Sutton: Who’s on the ball now.


    McCoist: I’m not… stay out of the teamlines! I want to know what’s the guy’s name with the whistle?


    Sutton: No, What is wide left.


    McCoist: I’m not asking you who’s wide left.


    Sutton: Who’s on the ball now!


    McCoist: I don’t know.


    Sutton & McCoist together: CENTRE MID!!





    Lou Costello: The referee’s name?


    Sutton: Why.


    McCoist: Because!


    Sutton: Oh, he’s stand side assistant.



    Just a bit of fun on season ticket renewal day, with fulsome apologies to the unappealing Bud Abbott and the mighty Lou Costello.

  9. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Fairhill Bhoy – no apologies necessary.



    It’s a blog.



    In truth Paul McStay could be perceived to have lacked “ruthless” ambition?



    Flip side – Celtic were the beneficiaries.



    And, as my grandmother used to say



    “Happiness isn’t having what you want”



    “Happiness is wanting what you have”



    I suspect the Maestro was happy !



    Hail hail



    Keep The Faith

  10. DBBIA 11.33am



    A group of us (teenagers) attended the Celtic v Liverpool friendly to commemorate Hillsborough tragedy .. a surreal experience of a football game, think there was 96 bouquets of flowers at the start, a sad occasion, think Liverpool cuffed us but to this day can’t remember much of the football …

  11. Congratulations to Granpa Norrie, and Mum and Dad of course, and all the family. Sorry I missed it last night.


    Happy Days .


    Also, good to see the Carnoustie bloke making a cameo appearance last night. 👍

  12. GFTB



    Strangely enough I don’t remember much about that day either, apart from it being a bit surreal por cierto

  13. Well it was 4 nil to Liverpool, but I reckon it was the least painful defeat in our history.




    We played Aberdeen away the day before and drew 1-1. (I think)



    So fatigue would not help.



    I was at the game and mixed with ‘pool supporters.



    We talked, laughed and cried and hugged each other at the end. Very emotional time.



    I do remember I got our tickets at B & Q in Falkirk!!

  15. Celtic v Liverpool Hillsborough Disaster Appeal 30/4/1989









    Bonner, Morris, Rogan, Aitken, McCarthy, Burns, Miller, P. McStay, Coyne, McGhee, Stark.


    Substitutes: D. Elliot, Whyte, Baillie, Andrews, Fulton, Balmer.






    Grobbelaar, Gillespie, Burrows, Nicol, Vennison, Hansen, Dalglish, Houghton, Rush, Barnes, McMahon


    Substitutes: Aldridge, Beardsley, Ablett, Staunton


    Goals:- Dalglish, Aldridge (2), Rush



    Referee:- R B Valentine



    Att:- 60,437



    @celtic wiki

  16. Por 12.36pm



    No wonder we “don’t” remember the game reading BSR’s post 12.56pm



    Goalscorers – Dalgleish, Aldridge & Rush



    Although our line up brought back nice memories of the centenary season :-)

  17. Jose Morinho when asked about the Champions League versus EPL


    ” For teams from the top 5 leagues the Champions League starts in February as they normally qualify and it’s just 4month to the final. The EPL Starts in August until May and is a long endurance race, so I’m my mind the EPL is the hardest’


    Not for us though as the Champions League for us starts in July until May

  18. Morinho did not say anything about the EPL being the best it was just that it was harder to win than the Champions League

  19. TIMALOY29 on 26TH JUNE 2020 12:38 PM


    It’s a bit troubling to hear that Celtic could be losing a third youth team star.





    Man City (and Chelsea) are an abomination of clubs. They’ve been hoovering up young talent for years and spitting them back out. It’s a financial arms race that we can’t compete against and which feels very lucrative to parents when handed the offer I’m sure.



    None of those leaving guarantee we did anything wrong or they are going to break through.

  20. !!Bada Bing!! on

    City centre on lockdown, seems a police officer stabbed W George St/Renfield St area

  21. Ian Rush has always denied he ever said Italy was ” like living in a foreign country ”



    ” I didn’t actually say Italy was “like living in a foreign country”. No one has ever seen a direct quote from me saying that. I’m blaming Kenny Dalglish. When he re-signed me, a reporter asked me, “Why have you come back?” Kenny quipped, “He said it was like playing in a foreign country”. He’s got a lot to answer for!

  22. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Armed police respond to West George Street Ibis Hotel incident amid alleged terrorist attack




    Armed police have responded to an ongoing incident at the Ibis Hotel on West George Street.



    The mother of an eyewitness has told how police told her son a terrorist had entered the Ibis Hotel.



    The boy who was currently working at the hotel has said members of the public have been outside the hotel premises.



    Others have claimed that a shooting has taken place on the street.



    She said: “My son was working in the hotel and he left his friends who went in the hotel for five minutes when he went to the bank.



    “When he came back he saw police and they told him there was a terrorist inside the hotel.



    “He said there was people stabbed lying on the pavement outside.”



    We have approached Police Scotland for comment.

  23. BIG WAVY on 26TH JUNE 2020 1:33 PM



    Aye, the academies are moneymaking schemes in themselves. Loan fees for these young players (Musonda, Arzani, Roberts) and transfer fees (Boyata, Ntcham & Frimpong) make it lucrative.



    It’s frustrating. Surely these guys know what they are getting into. They aren’t signing for Manchester City FC. They are signing for the Manchester City talent agency.




    Watched a two part documentary on RTE hosted by Michael Portillo called the Hawks and the Doves about 1916 to 1922. The Hawks being the aggressor and the Doves being the peacemakers. He had access to letters from British government and was highly critical of the British Army . He talked to Roy Hattersley who said he would have been a republican and Sinn Fein supporter.HH

  25. Terrible stuff in Glasgow….hope everyone’s friends & family are safe and well…

  26. Just got an email from HUNDERBIRDSAREGONE’S daughter.



    Stevie was in a hospice however, he is now home to spend his last few days with his family.



    I’m sure you will spare a thought for Stevie and his family at this terrible time.



    He is such a gentleman and will be sorely missed on here.



    YNWA Stevie.




    God bless you Stevie, thoughts with you,your family and friends.hh

  28. Philbhoy 3.20pm



    Sad news indeed … this has been a terrible time for many families



    Delighted to have been in a round with you & Hunderbirds at one of BMCUWP days oot …

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