Celtic once more affected by pandemic as club shops are forced to close

By John Reid

November 19, 2020

Celtic have once more been affected by the ongoing pandemic that is affecting the world. However, on this occasion it is not on the pitch that the Hoops have been affected, but it is off the pitch.

In conjunction with the new lockdown rules set up by the Scottish Government, Celtic announced on the club’s website that the official club stores in Scotland will all have to close from 6:00pm on Friday the 20th of November.

Products can still be purchased online

The lockdown restrictions are in place for three weeks, then they will be reviewed before Christmas. The club have disclosed that any fans wanting to buy Celtic products can do so online.

At least the Covid-19 restrictions haven’t affected any Celtic players this time – touch wood – but this is yet another example of how this year is unlike any other for fans of Celtic and every other club.

Already this year we had a lockdown that lasted for months which ended the season early. At least during his second lockdown football is being played.

Celtic have also had players miss games due to Covid-19. Odsonne Edouard, Nir Bitton, Hatem Elhamed and Ryan Christie were all affected. Thankfully this has not happened during the most recent international break

Hoops may lose money due to shops closing

Still, the Hoops will no doubt lose out on a bit of money from the shops being closed. That can’t really be helped though, it is just the way things are this year.

Celtic Park / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Hopefully sooner rather than later things will return to normal and Celtic Park will be full of fans. The Celtic shops in Scotland will be full of fans buying strips and various other products.

For now though, things seem to be in a bit of a limbo as the public waits for vaccines to emerge. Until then, at least we can watch Celtic on the pitch.

In other news, some Celtic fans were impressed with Nir Bitton’s latest display for Israel.