Celtic supporters have reacted to the news that the club is set to put its Under-18s side in furlough.
According to Stephen McGowan of the Daily Mail (14/01/21, page 92), Darren O’Dea told his players over Zoom.
The latest safety precautions mean that Celtic’s academy sides likely won’t play or train together for at least three weeks. Scottish leagues below the Championship have put football on hold for at least that length of time (Evening Standard).
With over 5000 Covid deaths in Scotland since the original outbreak, the Scottish Government has tightened Covid-19 restrictions. According to the BBC, “1,949 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, representing 10.2% of the total number of people tested.”
However, this is a move that has divided the Celtic fanbase, for approximately the 1000th time in the 20-21 season. On one hand, the club is simply doing as other companies have done during Covid.
However, it’s perhaps not the best PR look, given the club’s incredibly recent Dubai debacle.
Celtic supporters divided over furlough measures
The Celtic supporters’ response has been mixed. Some have defended the club’s actions, while others are critical following the money spent on Dubai.
Honestly think the Celtic board are on the wind up, so badly run this season
— Cal (@WrelG22) January 14, 2021
Just shows you how badly run this club is at the moment sent first team players to Dubai which must have cost a fortune then do this to there youth set up what kind of example is this
— Garry mcintyre (@Garrymcintyre12) January 14, 2021
“Celtic have put their under-18 academy players on the government furlough scheme” That’s happened today and we have went to Dubai ha ha. Entitled to use the scheme but not a good look in a episode of errors at all levels.
— Bishop Crosas CSC (@BishopCrosasCSC) January 14, 2021
We just cannot help ourselves.
— Dan Tausney (@dantausney) January 14, 2021
Jesus wept. Did we put Dave King in charge when nobody was looking??
— Paul (@Migano2000) January 14, 2021
Plenty of bigger businesses than Celtic doing the same thing. A non-story.
— Champers For Goalposts 💙 (@MickMcDowel) January 14, 2021
So has every big buisness that has been told their employers can’t work due to restrictions.
— Celtic Bhoys On Tour (@Brig1888) January 14, 2021
All clubs will do the same. 18s can’t train or play. It’s another ‘Celtic = bad’ story.
Celtic pay their tax, and so will benefit from this scheme, like literally every other British company.
— * (@thestorybookof) January 14, 2021