Celtic boss Neil Lennon has disclosed the very moment that he realised the magnitude of the current global pandemic, the Evening Times reports.

It was when the Glasgow derby was postponed. Once that happened, he realised that football would be taking a back seat for a while.

“You quickly realise this is real”

“This is unprecedented. It’s surreal. We have to follow the government guidelines and certainly football takes a back seat in terms of what is going on at the moment. Once a game the magnitude of a derby was postponed, you quickly realise this is real” Lennon said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

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Celtic manager Neil Lennon

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

Lennon’s comments are correct, the situation that currently faces the country, indeed the world, is quite surreal. In the grand scheme of things, football isn’t that important.

The biggest game in country cancelled

However, football is still very important to many people in Scotland, with no game bigger than the Glasgow derby. As Lennon says, you know that things are serious when that game, the match which generates the biggest audience in Scottish football, has to be cancelled.

Celtic in action against Rangers

Celtic in action against Rangers / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Of course, football will return to Scotland and the rest of the world eventually. At the moment, we don’t yet know when that will be.

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Who knows, perhaps the first game that Celtic play when football returns will be against Rangers. That would be a fitting way to restart the season.

For the moment though, football is on the back burner, as the game continues to be in lockdown as the world attempts to get to grips with global pandemic.

 

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