Celtic manager Neil Lennon has reiterated it is his major desire to see the Hoops back on the pitch and competing for the 2019/20 Scottish Premiership title, speaking to the official club website.
The Bhoys haven’t taken to the pitch since Saturday 7th March after the Scottish FA and SPFL took the decision to suspended football across the country.
Although clubs have voted to only end the current campaign if football is unable to return this summer, the likelihood is that Celtic will be named champions without kicking another ball.
There has been a growing narrative amongst rival fans that this is something we, as a club and support, want to happen.
However, Lennon has again laid out his personal stance, which also matches other comments coming from Celtic Park.
As quoted by CelticFC.net, he said: “If we can go back and play the games – I think I have to underline that. Everyone at the club – the players, myself, my backroom staff, the fans – want to play the games. Whether that can be achieved or not, that’s another thing.
“The players are the ones who’ve lost out the most in terms of the opportunity to play in front of the supporters. We’re going for nine-in-a-row and a quadruple treble, and I feel sorry for them at this stage, in a footballing sense.
“Hopefully at some stage, it can be started up again, but if not, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens and the outcomes of what that is going to be.”
Celtic were not the architects of club vote
Celtic becoming champions off the back of the contentious SPFL club vote was a side-effect rather than the main aim of that affair.
It was seen by the SPFL board as the most viable way to end the season if need be.
The idea that Celtic are desperate to get their hands on the title without playing against is absurd, so it’s pleasing to hear Lennon come out and say that publicly again.
The Hoops were well on course to win yet another title at an absolute canter, sitting 13 points clear when play came to a halt.
Quite why we’d want to give up celebrating that in front of thousands of supporters is beyond me.
Unfortunately, it looks like we won’t have the choice given the realities of what is currently facing wider society.