Partick Thistle postponement ominous sign for Celtic v Hibernian

By Euan Davidson

January 9, 2021

Celtic v Hibernian already had to be moved to a Monday, with a controversial trip to sunny Dubai now in the rearview mirror.

Now, the fixture may be subject to further change.

We previously commented that with stormy conditions on the way, Celtic might be heavily impacted. According to The Daily Mirror, wintery conditions were on their way. Now, Glasgow is freezing. The impact on football is obvious.

Partick Thistle’s Saturday afternoon meeting with Cowdenbeath has been postponed (BBC). Several Scottish Cup matches have been written off due to freezing pitches and unplayable conditions.

The forecast for Glasgow this weekend is grim (BBC), with rain and cold temperatures (what else is new…?). Following frosty and snowy conditions in Scotland’s biggest city this week, a Monday kick-off could be a stretch.

The Met Office have already issued weather warnings across the UK.

This casts doubt on Celtic v Hibernian going ahead as scheduled.


Celtic Park / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Celtic v Hibs in doubt; fixture build-up could get worse

Celtic already have three games in hand on Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership. As my colleague David Walton pointed out, this week just gone could have provided the Bhoys an opportunity.

It’s a frustrating situation for Celtic supporters, who want to decrease the gap. Rangers’ inflated 19-point lead already makes for grim reading. Now, with bad weather impacting fixtures around Scotland, it looks like that situation won’t improve soon.

Celtic v Hibernian will be a fascinating watch, should the game go ahead. The Bhoys will be looking to rebuild momentum after last week’s heartbreaking loss to Rangers. Meanwhile, Jack Ross has work to do with his Hibs side. The Edinburgh outfit have lost their last three matches (WhoScored?).

Neil Lennon has a selection headache, with Bitton suspended and Jullien missing through injury. The Celtic boss was pre-emptively criticised by former Hibs, Scotland and Rangers boss Alex McLeish for using injuries as an excuse.

If the game goes ahead as planned, it’s a huge opportunity for Celtic to build on December’s positive results. If not, it’s another fixture frustration for the Bhoys and the SPFL.