Celtic boss Neil Lennon has branded football matches with no fans “awful” but said that if it’s the only option then it must be done.

The Hoops will not be in action for the foreseeable future, after the Scottish football season was suspended due to the Coronavirus outbreak earlier on Friday.

Lennon’s men still have eight league games to play this season, plus at least one Scottish Cup tie.


And although he admits it may come to a “needs must” situation, he is not a fan of playing games with no spectators.

Neil Lennon in Copenhagen

Neil Lennon in Copenhagen (Photo by NIELS CHRISTIAN VILMANN/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP via Getty Images)

“Ideally you’d like to get the fans back in,” he told press shortly after the announcement on Friday. (Celtic YouTube channel)

“I’ve watched a couple of games this week behind closed doors and it’s awful.

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“Especially a club of our support and history. You’d want the fans there to back you. They play a big part.

“The most important people in football are the players and the supporters, and you can’t have one without the other.

PSG vs Dortmund was played in front of no fans on Wednesday

PSG vs Dortmund was played in front of no fans on Wednesday (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

“I’m not a big lover of games behind closed doors but if it’s needs must then so be it.”

Would closed door games be good or bad for Celtic?

There are both pros and cons to Celtic playing games behind closed doors between now and whenever the end of the season may be.

The pros are that the league would be more likely to get finished, with the possibility of the season being voided surely off the cards.

With our 13 point lead at the top of the table, we’re only a handful of wins from behind crowned champions – at which point we couldn’t have the title taken away from us.

Celtic players with the Premiership trophy

Celtic players with the Premiership trophy (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, the prospect of the team winning a record equalling ninth title on the spin in front of no fans is a pretty sobering one.

The celebrations wouldn’t be nearly the same, and with mass public gatherings likely to be banned soon too, we really wouldn’t get a chance to celebrate together.

Only time will tell what happens going forward.

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