Czech FA's comments provide relief for Celtic; Hoops players will be itching to play

By David Walton

September 6, 2020

There’s been plenty of uncertainty surrounding Scotland’s clash against the Czech Republic tomorrow night after the Czech FA’s original plan to cancel the fixture.

Czech duo Tomas Soucek and Patrik Schik were told to self-isolate following contact with a backroom staff member who tested positive (BBC). That then led to the Czechs tweeting that their game against Scotland wouldn’t be played.

However, there’s apparently been a change of heart. The Czech FA published a fresh tweet yesterday stating that the game will in fact go ahead, and that the risk will be minimised as they will be featuring new players and staff members.

And this should come as a massive relief to some Celtic fans who may have been fearing that, by Scotland travelling to the Czech Republic, there would perhaps be some risk of bringing the disease back home.

Celtic players Greg Taylor, Callum McGregor, James Forrest, and Ryan Christie are all involved with the national team. And make no mistake, it’s more ideal for everyone if the game is played.

We want our Scots back feeling good about themselves

Everyone connected with Celtic, and indeed those clubs whose players are with Scotland, would’ve been quite entitled to feel a tad concerned considering the Czechs’ situation. However, with a totally different set-up taking part in the contest, this takes away any risk involved.

It’s important we trust that the game wouldn’t go ahead if there was any danger to player-safety. Given that the game is being given the go-ahead by UEFA, and that the Czechs have subsequently been happy to go ahead with things, there’s nothing to be particularly concerned about.

In addition to that, it’s important we get this match played. With Scotland’s opponents having to effectively use an entirely different selection of personnel, it’s a chance for Steve Clarke’s men to get themselves back on track after Friday night’s disappointing 1-1 draw with Israel.

James Forrest will have been disappointed on Friday night (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We want our Celtic players to come back from international duty feeling good about themselves. There won’t have been many happy faces after Friday night. Tomorrow’s clash in Olomouc gives the likes of McGregor, Christie and co the opportunity to come back to the club with a spring in their step.

It would’ve been a concern had this game gone ahead with the original squad and personnel still in place for the Czechs. Then Celtic and others could’ve really had a reason to interject themselves.

However, the change in plans suits everyone. Our Celtic favourites will be itching to get themselves back on the pitch for Scotland and do a job for their country. Now, it appears they have a safe and opportunistic chance to do just that.

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