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Uefa’s decision yesterday, that if a club cannot visit to play a Champions or Europa League qualification game due to travel restrictions, if must forfeit the tie, will force some harsh planning on Celtic.

Travellers from a specific nation could be prohibited from entering Scotland, while Celtic players could be quarantined if they travel to that country.  In this event, Celtic would probably have to base their European squad in a (relatively) safe European country until the ban was lifted or quarantine restrictions expire, or withdraw from the European competition.  Neither prospect is appealing.

The problem does not expire after the qualifiers; governments will remain edgy about spikes as they arise for months to come.

The consequences of the crisis for season 2019-20 were almost impossible to imagine as recently as February.  It feels optimistic that plans for season 2020-21 will go without a hitch.  Contingency plans should note we may need a larger than normal squad.  All rivalries aside, this is one season where it would be useful to have our domestic competitors involved in European football as often as we are.

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  1. weebobbycollins on

    Turkeybhoy…van Dijk and Tierney are now EPL stars. It’s pretty obvious to all that Edouard could become a superstar…so, I’m also concerned someone will come in with an offer Pedro won’t refuse…

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  4. Eddie is going to leave. Hopefully at the end of this season but if the current asking price for lesser players is around £40m he’ll break the bank for us. Enjoy him while he’s here. He, Kieran, Virgile, Moussa, Stuart and others are also important for attracting the next ones to come to us.

     

     

    We have to trust the professionals at the club to have a plan in place if that likelihood arises.

  5. Bhoyjoebelfast on

    VOGUEPUNTER:

     

    Off course,forgot the ‘ scoundrel years’.Keep safe and cheer loudly!!!!!

  6. weebobbycollins on

    I saw a photo of huns’ revamped superstore. Lots of wooden pallets outside. Any ideas?

  7. WEEBOBBYCOLLINS on 5TH AUGUST 2020 12:36 PM

     

    I saw a photo of huns’ revamped superstore. Lots of wooden pallets outside. Any ideas?

     

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    The Bonfire range?

  8. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    This is potentially very bad for Celtic.

     

     

    Our strategy and plans for managing the Covid-19 crisis are sound but this leaves us as hostages to fortune to politicking.

     

     

    Paul67 (or anyone) – is there an assumption within Celtic might “base their European squad in a (relatively) safe European country” that we would be expected to continue domestic fixtures with a B team?

  9. WBC,

     

     

    This is my big worry.Most of us are counting on Eddy being here this season,but in no way is that assured.If someone came in with the money,we would have to take it,if Eddy wanted to go,and with the wages on offer,well.On the Toney thing.Today we are being mentioned with a guy Ekuban,plays for Trazbonspor here in Turkey.I see him regularly.Decent player,and striker.They are looking for nearly 8 million Euros for him.I think we have to plan ahead.We laugh at the Huns,but the two they have signed are very decent strikers,remember its the SPFL.They will score goals.Its the speed they have went about their business that should worry us.They know whats at stake this season.We seem to be dithering.If Eddy does go,panic mode for me.My panties will be wringing.

  10. BIG WAVY,

     

    If the “Professionals running our club”have a plan,it should be to cover any eventualities.That to me,would be signing a good striker now,rather than scrabbling about later.Get him in now,bedded in.If Eddy goes,we have a replacement.If he goes next year,same.The League Cup Final last year should be a warning to us.Starting without a striker.

  11. The Battered Bunnet on

    Aberdeen has been put back into Lockdown, effective immediately.

     

     

    Of 64 new cases reported in Scotland today, half are in Aberdeen, and most are linked to around 20 pubs in the city.

     

     

    The concern is that there is now community transmission – folk infected last week in the pubs may now infecting others elsewhere.

     

     

    It’s likely in my view – given that schools are reopening next week – that indoor hospitality across Scotland will be closed in early course. It’s just too high risk. Other restrictions are doubtless in play.

     

     

    Anyone shouting for football fans to be permitted back in stadiums needs a new head to examine.

     

     

    The sense is that we’re on the cusp right now – either we all act responsibly, the Test&Protect teams perform at the highest level and we get the situation under control, or we’ll be back at square one in jig time.

     

     

    This is not a drill.

     

     

    As for the fitba, I’m looking at the SPL table and am thankful for that 3 goal advantage… Planning for the season to run to completion over the coming 10 months is just the latest example of the Hope Strategy. We need to be planning on repeated interruptions as a best case.

     

     

    Wise up folks.

  12. Whilst intra nation COVID related restrictions could come into force (Leicester, Aberdeen etc) this shouldn’t prove too problematic for domestic fixtures to take place. Players could still reside at home.

     

     

    International restrictions are likely to be far more onerous.

     

     

    Are we close to the nuclear option of no European competition for this season?

     

     

    Would any club jeopardise months of involvement in their domestic league for 3 or 4 euro ties?

  13. TBB

     

    Meanwhile in greater Manchester etc there’s no such restrictions – but don’t visit your family.

  14. 67 European Cup Winners on

    THE BATTERED BUNNET on 5TH AUGUST 2020 12:53 PM

     

    Yep all very logical and I do not disagree

     

    But I am not sure Governments will comply as economically there needs to be a turning point at some stage

     

     

    And just to add my own little piece of Covid theory

     

    I have no idea what we are being fed – I have become cynical and struggle to believe anything I hear

     

    Consequently I cannot come to a view as to what is the best course of action

     

     

    A very sad state of affairs

     

     

    Hail Hail my friend

     

     

    67ECW

  15. Go tell the Spartim on

    I seldom agree with Turkeybhoy and that’s twice now but I concur with him great post TBB, short and to the point and not too prolix

     

     

    Signing players, even quality players is one thing but you never know what your getting until you see them play, plenty players come with great reputations and stink the place out.

     

     

    NL knows what areas he wants strengthening and I’m sure he knows who we are pursuing, we’d all like them in sooner but it’s early yet though dont leave it too long Celtic.

     

     

    Triggers broom are going all in a) obv to stop the ten and b) access to CL income is vital to their long term survival. We’ve a chance here to not only make history but to consign the latest Incarnation from hades.

     

     

    Stay safe one and all 🍀

  16. Turkeybhoy

     

     

    I think Tonev and Ajeti are 2 examples of that forward planning. Pity we have a loud mouth like Fry to deal with the former.

     

     

    HH

  17. THE BATTERED BUNNET on 5TH AUGUST 2020 12:53 PM

     

     

    Anyone shouting for football fans to be permitted back in stadiums needs a new head to examine.

     

     

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    The point being made by people like Paul and myself was that enclosed pubs are more dangerous than an outdoor football stadium.

     

     

    I don’t see how an outbreak linked to pubs disproves that theory.

  18. TBB

     

     

    Cracking post fella. Priorities – close the pubs, track and trace and get kids safely back to school. Football can wait for its crowds.

  19. I really hope we draw Linfield or the Nomads in the first round.

     

     

    Don’t want to travel to bloody Estonia or Kazakhstan in the current circumstances

  20. Sorry, comment fro an earlier discussion around Hearts; I’m a little bit behind on articles!

     

     

    Surprised the Craig Levein hasn’t brought up his absence from the Albert Kidd game due to illness. I.e, wisnae his fault

     

     

     

    To be fair to Levein he did look a good player back then, many injuries I think. Unusual for CHs back then. Also, he did have that open goal miss when he was manager in 2008. I always think there are one or two results as the difference between a Scotland manager being a legend and a dud. Win rates are usually similar

  21. The hasty resumption of football could result in some bitten backsides. Not least of all Celtic’s.

  22. Timaloy29 that’s a very valid point.

     

     

    Asking teams to travel right across the continent, in the current circumstances, is a nonsense.

     

     

    A little imagination could give us week long tournaments, mini leagues of qualifying teams. Dotted throughout europe. As localised as is practical. Quarters and semis due early next year, fingers crossed we’re in a better place by then.

     

     

    Alas, football had little imagination and lots of arrogance. Threats and punitive actions against teams who can’t fulfill their fixtures is as much as is being offered.

  23. Is there any substance to the rumour the the spread of Covid in Aberdeen is due to loons standing in groups in the corner trying to avoid going to the bar to get their round in?

  24. ` DAVID17 on 5TH AUGUST 2020 10:48 AM

     

    Barry Fry shouting his mouth off about Celtic dithering over Toney this morning. `

     

     

    I am assuming you did not actually hear the bold Barry `shouting his mouth off` so from where did that `news` come?

  25. weebobbycollins on

    67 European Cup Winners…”I have no idea what we are being fed – I have become cynical and struggle to believe anything I hear.”

     

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    Can’t help but agree with you there….don’t know what/who to believe.

  26. TIMALOY29 on 5TH AUGUST 2020 1:16 PM

     

    THE BATTERED BUNNET on 5TH AUGUST 2020 12:53 PM

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Anyone shouting for football fans to be permitted back in stadiums needs a new head to examine.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    The point being made by people like Paul and myself was that enclosed pubs are more dangerous than an outdoor football stadium.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    I don’t see how an outbreak linked to pubs disproves that theory.

     

     

     

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    The problem with your ‘theory’ is the implied assumption that opening pubs was anything other than, shortsighted, reckless stupidity.

     

     

    The supposed justification for opening pubs was that it would help stimulate the wider economy. Opening football grounds to spectators who have already paid for their season books doesn’t have any beneficial effect for the wider economy and does entail an increased risk over wide geographical areas.

  27. Barry Fry,is only trying to get as much money as possible for his prize asset.Thats his job.As far as I have been told,Toney only wants a move to Celtic,so that kind of stymied him.

  28. In light of Paul67’s leader, I’ll repost from previous thread

     

     

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    Heard news earlier that Liverpool are preparing to pay £10m for Norwich left back Jamal Lewis.

     

     

    £10m for a back up to Andy Robertson!

     

     

    Although the numbers may be scary, it shows the correct approach. The balance of the team is impacted by taking out either of the wing backs at Liverpool.

     

     

    Posters stating that Aaron Hickey or James McCarthy are no better than what we already have are missing the point.

     

     

    We need to have cover in key positions ,either by having competent back-up, or by being able to shuffle the deck.

     

     

     

    Apart from normal injuriesvCovid-19 is likely to have some impact on this season , we may have players having to quarantine.

     

     

    Therefore we need as big a squad as we can afford.

     

     

    Get to it Peter.

     

     

    The Onlooker

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