European exit has afforded Celtic chance to play postponed fixture

By Hamish Carton

August 28, 2020

It was a real struggle to find any positives from Celtic’s Champions League exit at the hands of Ferencvaros in midweek.

As Lennon’s men faltered on the pitch, and the boss lost the rag afterwards, our Champions League dreams faded for another season – just days after the final of last year’s competition.

‘At least the fans didn’t have to travel to and from that’ was one positive that crossed my mind.

Ferancvaros won 2-1 at Celtic Park / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Another was in the form of our Premiership campaign, and the fixture scheduling in particular.

The Hoops already have a jammed fixture list to contend with – with recent postponements of games against St. Mirren and Aberdeen, due to Boli Bolingoli, not helping things

Our exit against the Hungarian champions means we won’t play our next Euro qualifier until September 24th at the earliest, while we could even get a bye until October 1st.

Neil Lennon during Wednesday’s match / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Time to get St. Mirren game out of the way

With that in mind, surely it would make sense for the club to play these rearranged games in the coming weeks.

Aberdeen’s involvement in the Europa League second qualifying round complicates things, but a fixture against St. Mirren on the midweek of 15th/16th September would seem to make a lot of sense.

The Buddies don’t have a game scheduled for that midweek either, so surely that would work for both parties.

Leigh Griffiths scored a hat-trick the last time Celtic met St. Mirren / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It would give Neil Lennon’s men a chance to narrow the gap at the top of the table while also giving them a chance to get some more match practice ahead of big upcoming games against Hibernian and Rangers.

Hopefully those at the club and the SPFL are well aware of this and will announce the game accordingly.

With little or no fans in attendance, there really is no issue in rescheduling games this late – although the midweek in question is still the best part of three weeks away.

In other news, Brighton boss Graham Potter has today commented on Celtic linked Shane Duffy