Celtic are ready to crank up their efforts in the bid to beat the current pandemic by allowing the NHS to use Parkhead, according to the Scottish Sun.
The Sun has reported that the club is willing to talk to the NHS about how Celtic Park could be utilised. It comes after news of Manchester City allowing the health service to use the Etihad stadium to train up doctors and nurses (Sky Sports).
Celtic have already started a Football for Good Fund, with the Scottish champions announcing an initial £175k investment into local communities last week.
And speaking in the Scottish Sun, a Celtic source revealed the following:
“We have not had any approach of this kind (to use Parkhead) but would be willing to consider any suggestions on how we could assist the NHS and the phenomenal work they are doing.
“We have already established a Football for Good Fund which is in the process of distributing £175,000 to vulnerable people affected by this crisis and will continue to do all we can to offer as much support as possible.”
A fine gesture
The NHS, in what’s become a hugely difficult time for the country, could surely use Celtic Park for their own use. It would be interesting to see for what purpose it would be utilised of course.
However, this is just yet another sign from Celtic that they’re doing all they can to help fight this. As well as the Football for Good Fund, allowing the NHS to use Parkhead could be invaluable in this “delay” phase of the pandemic.
Certain areas of the stadium must not be in use at the moment either. With football in Scotland or indeed the UK showing no signs of returning anytime soon, there must be plenty of room to spare at Parkhead.
Of course, this will be down to the NHS or the Scottish government to approach Celtic first. It’s clear the door has been left open for this to happen.
But don’t be surprised if this is an offer that gets taken up quickly. Whether it’s used for staff training or any other purpose, Celtic Park could become invaluable in Scotland’s fight against the pandemic.
It remains to be seen what happens in the coming days, but the offer is seemingly there for the NHS to grasp. It would seem pointless for them not to.