Celtic boss Neil Lennon doesn’t think tomorrow’s derby clash against Rangers should be made available for free.

That was the very proposal that Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon put forward earlier this week – in a bid to stop people from congregating in houses to watch Saturday’s fixture.

Pubs in the central belt of Scotland are currently closed, leaving fans little option but to watch the game from home.

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Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon / (Photo by JEFF J MITCHELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

But the Hoops boss doesn’t think it’s right to start offering the Sky game for nothing.

“That doesn’t work – I don’t see the point of that”, Lennon said on Friday, as per the Scottish Sun.

“Sky put a lot of money into the Scottish game, they have the TV rights and I think the game should be broadcast properly the way it was intended.

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“I’m not taking on the view that the game should be for free when people have paid a lot of money to watch the game.”

 

Sky were never going to give up paid rights

Lennon’s viewpoint contradicts that of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.

Earlier on Friday, the Gers boss said: “Given it is a unique time we’re living in and these instructions are being given out, maybe give (fans) the game free of charge so they don’t have to leave their own homes.” (Scottish Sun)

The whole issue seemed a bit of an unnecessary drama – when so much else is going on.

Lennon and Gerrard disagreed on the issue

Lennon and Gerrard disagreed on the issue / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Unless the Scottish FM could enforce such a move, she should probably not have bothered bringing the issue up.

Sky were never going to give away their biggest prized asset from the Scottish game for nothing, even on a one-off basis.

Celtic season ticket holders will also be able to watch tomorrow’s match on the club’s ‘Pass To Paradise’ service.

In other news, Albian Ajeti is fit to play for Celtic in tomorrow’s derby

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