Celtic’s game against Rangers on Sunday will be going ahead, after an announcement was made late ion Thursday night to play all of this weekend’s fixtures in Scotland.
The Daily Record reported news of a joint statement from Ian Maxwell and Neil Doncaster that confirmed that the games will go ahead, with fans at the stadiums.
It has to be said, that the authorities have probably got it right over the decision to play football this weekend. It can’t have been an easy decision to make as the Coronavirus continues to create havoc with sport.
However, for this week at least, Scottish football will be getting on with things, as normally as it can. Perhaps the games should be played behind closed doors though, that could have made things safer for the players.
As it stands though, fans will be attending the fixtures, and you imagine that there will be a crowd of 50,000 at Ibrox on Sunday for the Glasgow derby.
No fans from games next week
That could be the last game with fans in attendance this season though, as the Scottish government has announced bans on gatherings of over 500 people from Monday.
It really is an unprecedented situation that Scottish football is currently in. There has never been a situation like this.
You have to imagine that the situation could change in an instant, should any player test positive for the Coronavirus.
For the moment, players will be preparing for game
That would surely lead to the cancellation of games in Scotland. However, for the moment, Neil Lennon will be getting his Celtic players ready to take on Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.
There could well be a subdued atmosphere at the game, but that will change as soon as there is a crunching challenge in the opening five minutes.
It can’t have been easy for the authorities to come to the decision they made, but we still need some kind of normality, and hopefully football can provide that.