Celtic boss Neil Lennon reckons that this summer’s Euro 2020 competition will be postponed by a year – but says a number of questions will still need to be answered.
Scottish football was suspended earlier on Friday following the Coronavirus outbreak, with the Hoops’ trip to Rangers on Sunday postponed.
Attention has already turned to what will happen now, with a season extension one of the potential avenues the governing bodies could go down.
Euro 2020 is scheduled to take place in 12 cities around Europe this summer – but Lennon reckons that will be put on hold for now.
“I think the Euros will get cancelled and put back a year,” he said during Friday’s press conference. (Official Celtic YouTube)
“So there may be a window where you can extend the league into the summer.
“But when does the following season start? When do the Champions League qualifiers start?
“All those questions are unanswerable at the minute.”
Euro 2020 is the least of Celtic’s worries
Lennon is right to raise the issue of Champions League qualifiers.
Last summer there were just six and a half weeks separating our Scottish Cup final win over Hearts and our first Champions League qualifier away to Sarajevo.
The current suspension to football in this country makes a later campaign finish far more likely, but it could also have a real knock-on effect to the new campaign.
You also need to factor in a off-season break for our players – many of whom have played at least 50 games already this season.
It is just another big issue that will have to be addressed in the coming weeks and months.
But whatever happens, you get the feeling that someone’s nose is going to be bent out of shape.