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).

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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.

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Celtic supporters are divided over the furlough decision / (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

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.

 
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