Report: Celtic to work with Sky Sports this afternoon

By David Walton

February 16, 2020

According to the Daily Record, Celtic have reportedly decided to make a U-turn and engage with Sky Sports for this afternoon’s Scottish Premiership match between the Hoops and Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

The Record have reported that major issues still persist from the club towards Sky. This comes after an Alfredo Morelos interview was mistranslated. Sky had originally reported that Morelos accused Celtic fans of racist behaviour. It turns out that Morelos didn’t say such a thing.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, despite previously banning Sky Sports from any engagement with the club, Celtic have now eased that stance. Instead, the club will reportedly wait until the findings of Ofcom are made known before they make their next move.

Therefore, that likely means that Sky will be able to speak with Neil Lennon today both pre and post-match. The showdown between Aberdeen and Celtic will be shown live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.

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The right move?

It’s interesting to see the club make this U-turn. Sky also effectively admitted guilt too. They took the original interview down and published an official apology online.

Taking that into account, it’s a surprise that Celtic are willing to lift the ban so quickly. This investigation is serious, and it perhaps would’ve been wiser for the club to keep their stance until the Ofcom investigation had concluded.

However, there’s also no denying that Celtic re-engaging with the broadcaster makes for a better fan experience for those watching the games. It will allow us to hear from the manager and potentially get key information on burning issues before and after the game.

Sky Sports camera (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

It’s good to see that the club aren’t willing to drop anything of course. Ofcom’s investigation should result in some interesting findings. It will also be intriguing to see whether the ban resumes afterward.

It’s also not clear as to whether Celtic are only working with Sky today or whether the ban will be lifted permanently until the findings are made clear. However, there would be little logic in only working with them for one game before suddenly slapping the ban on them again.

Everyone will have a different opinion on this, but the club seems to have made its move.