Report: Celtic fear fixture chaos as experts issue warning

By John McGinley

February 7, 2020

Celtic are seriously concerned about a potential postponement of this weekend’s fixture against Clyde after a severe weather warning was issued, The Daily Record report.

The paper says that having been warned of a potential postponement, Celtic are on ‘red alert’ about Sunday’s match against the lower-league side, with any call-off meaning that the match would be moved to next Wednesday night.

The big problem is that Neil Lennon’s side are due to face Hearts at Celtic Park on that night and there are no further available mid-week openings until March.

If Celtic beat Copenhagen in the Europa League Round of 32 then it would be moved even deeper into the 2019/20 season.

As quoted by The Record, Met Office Chief Meteorologist Frank Saunders said of the incoming weather: “Storm Ciara will bring damaging winds and heavy rain across the UK this weekend and we have issued a range of severe weather warnings giving people time to prepare for potential impacts of the storm.

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“Winds will increase through Saturday across Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and Wales, before turning very windy across the rest of UK through the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Gusts of 50 to 60mph are expected quite widely across inland areas, with even stronger gusts of 80mph or higher along coastal areas, especially in southeast England and northern Scotland.”

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

It’s the wind that would appear to be the issue, with the artificial surface at Broadwood Stadium likely able to cope with any major rain or snowfall.

Obviously we should be keeping our fingers crossed that the severe weather isn’t enough to force Sunday’s game into a new slot.

Lennon and his team will have ambitions of going as far in the Europa League as possible.

With nine-in-a-row also on the line we don’t want our fixtures to pile up in a way that puts us at a severe disadvantage.

The Met Office obviously have to best prepare the public for potential disruption as a result of weather, but let’s hope when the storm hits it’s not as bad as predicted.