Neil Lennon has sent an important message to the Celtic support ahead of Saturday’s Glasgow derby against Rangers, reports the official Celtic Twitter account.
This will be probably the most unique Glasgow derby of all time, as fans won’t be in the stands. As reported by the Daily Record, Nicola Sturgeon has advised fans not to their friends’ house to watch the game. She also told fans not to gather at Celtic Park. Coupled with that, the pubs are closed so fans can’t go there either.
It is going to be an odd experience for everyone involved. With that in mind, Lennon sent a message to the Hoops support in his pre-match press conference ahead of the game. He urged the fans to stick to the rules.
“Stay with your family”
“Please enjoy the game at home. Stay with your family and don’t put yourself or anyone else in jeopardy with every that’s going on and, hopefully we can put in a performance that you can be proud of and enjoy the game, but please, don’t travel” Lennon said, as quoted by the official Celtic Twitter account.
🗣️ NL on advice to fans: "Please enjoy the game at home. Stay with your family and don’t put yourself or anyone else in jeopardy with every that’s going on and, hopefully we can put in a performance that you can be proud of and enjoy the game, but please, don’t travel." #CELRAN
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) October 16, 2020
Football has been very odd this season to watch since games kickstarted again in August. So far, the loss of fans was only really felt in the Champions League loss to Ferencvaros. However, it will really kick in when Celtic take on Rangers.
Almost surreal that no fans will be in attendance
The atmosphere is one of the things that makes the derby so unique. It is almost surreal that probably the biggest derby in Europe is going to be played in an empty stadium.
No doubt when the adrenaline kicks in for the fans watching the game it will feel like a normal Celtic-Rangers game. At the moment though, it feels a bit odd.
Lennon’s comments touch the right note though. He can’t say anything else on the matter. All he can do, as he says, is get the team to turn in a performance that Celtic fans will be proud of. That is all that we ask for.