Confirmed: Celtic vs Livingston postponed; SPFL to update on next weekend
The SFA and SPFL have announced that this weekend’s Scottish Premiership fixtures have been postponed.
Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday afternoon, league organisers of the top five divisions across Scottish Football have taken the decision to postpone this weekend’s games as a mark of respect.
In a statement released this afternoon, the governing body confirmed that all fixtures scheduled on Saturday 10th of September will not take place.
Of course, this also includes Celtic’s Scottish Premiership fixture against Livingston, which was set to take place at Parkhead on Saturday.
Ange Postecoglou’s side continues to have a busy fixture schedule across the coming weeks. On Tuesday evening, the Bhoys will take on Shakhtar Donetsk.
Next Sunday, Celtic are also scheduled to return to Scottish Premiership action against St Mirren. However, with the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and funeral details still to be announced, that game could also be at risk of postponement.
The SFA and SPFL are expected to update clubs and supporters with clarification in the coming days over official arrangements for the funeral.
Within this afternoon’s statement, SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster said: “Following consultation with the UK and Scottish Governments, the Scottish FA, our counterparts at the EPL and others, we confirm that all SPFL fixtures scheduled for this weekend will be postponed as a mark of respect.
“The passing of The Queen, a constant in our lives for 70 years, is a profound and momentous occasion. It is, therefore, appropriate that professional football marks this event with all possible solemnity.
“We will update clubs and supporters when we have clarity over official arrangements for Her Majesty’s funeral.”
Scottish FA President Rod Petrie also added: “We spoke with our counterparts across the UK this morning, and in discussions with our colleagues across the professional game in Scotland, it was agreed that this was the appropriate step to take following the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
“We will work with our clubs and members in the meantime to ensure appropriate steps are taken throughout the period of mourning.”
As mentioned, it remains to be seen what will happen across the next few weeks regarding the fixtures set to take place on the Scottish Football calendar.
Hopefully, those in charge can reach a decision as soon as possible, in order to give travelling supporters as much time as possible to change or cancel their travel plans.
Further dates will also be announced in due course for this weekend’s postponed fixture against Livingston.
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