We are now more than three weeks removed from watching Celtic in action against St Mirren. It feels like a lifetime.
In a normal footballing season, those last three weeks would have likely flown by.
Celtic would have played out a frenetic derby at Ibrox and the fallout would have probably rumbled on for quite a while, as it always does.
Football would have been a focal point for many people.
Right now though, football feels like the least of our concerns.
A global pandemic has taken hold in Scotland, Britain and beyond, changing all of our lives drastically and forcing us to face up to an invisible danger.
Staying at home
Expert advice tells us that the most practical way we can help in that fight is by staying at home. So that’s what we all must do.
I’ve found the stay-at-home period quite unsettling.
As someone who works from home anyway, it’s not quite been the upheaval it has been for others and their families, so for that I can be grateful.
Nonetheless, not having the freedom to get out regularly, see friends and family or enjoy things I had taken for granted is gnawing at me already.
Right now, I’m most thankful that a rescue dog came into our lives in February, giving me the perfect opportunity to stretch my legs and take joy in an excited old girl chasing sticks, or her favourite ball, not quite as quick as our Celtic heroes.
It’s the simple things that get us through.
What it all means for Celtic
Although football has taken a quiet step into the background, Celtic remains our passion and so it’s natural that as we all take stock of what is expected of us individually, we continue to be fascinated by how things might play out at the Hoops.
Most importantly, Celtic and the club’s foundation have taken a leadership role in the community to provide immediate support for vulnerable people in Glasgow and frontline NHS staff.
The foundation announced recently that an initial £175,000 will be available as they work with partners such as food banks to get the cash to where it’s needed most.
In a footballing context, the club is also entering a critical few weeks during which big decisions could be made.
With a meeting at UEFA today potentially providing more clarity about how things play out, we could know a lot more soon.
The players continue to train away from large group settings, keeping themselves fit and healthy.
Meanwhile, Neil Lennon has suggested that wage cuts at the club could come into effect from May, with chief executive Peter Lawwell set to review the situation at the end of this month.
Celtic are not immune to the challenges ahead.
What it all means for 67 Hail Hail
This website, as of today, will be posting a lot less content throughout the month of April.
However, I will still be here to provide regular updates on what is happening at the club and beyond in the footballing world.
It’s my intention to cover all the biggest news, with our own spin on what it means, as well as checking in on what the players and staff are up to during self-isolation and how fans are feeling about everything.
The goings-on in the football world can still provide something of an escape, even if there’s no action on the pitch.
My colleague Hamish Carton, though not writing on the site during this time, will continue to create videos for our YouTube channels.
It’s also my goal to continue to keep something of a personal blog, like this, on the go throughout this period for my own benefit if nothing else!
As always if you want to get in touch and have a conversation about Celtic, or anything, we have a comments section on every article where you can weigh in. I’d be along shortly to offer a reply.
Stay safe and smart, before we know it Celtic will be back and that’s a joyous occasion to look forward to.