The Scottish Sun has reported that both Celtic and Aberdeen have been given private support from fellow Scottish clubs ahead of tomorrow’s SPFL hearings.
The Hoops and the Dons were both charged by the Scottish football authorities for Covid breaches after their players broke strict quarantine protocols (BBC). This came after Boli Bolingoli failed to quarantine after a secret trip to Spain, whilst eight Aberdeen players spent time on a night out in the city.
However, with their hearings set to begin tomorrow, the Sun believes that other clubs have been in contact with Celtic and Aberdeen to express their bafflement at the charges.
The Sun also reports that, despite there being no limit to what the SPFL could charge both with, points deductions or forfeited games are highly unlikely.
The newspaper states that the SPFL is looking to prove to the government that they are serious with regards to challenging rule breaches in Scottish football. The cases will be heard by a sub-committee of the SPFL board, the Sun says.
A minimal punishment or else things get messy
Given the fact that the hearings will be heard by an SPFL sub-committee, it’s fair to say they wouldn’t be looking to take too much of a hard stance on things.
After all, everyone on the SPFL board represents other rival clubs. If they look to punish Celtic or Aberdeen with any severity, then they’ll have set a precedent. One that will have to be enforced on their own club is a similar case occurs.
If there is any heavy punishment, they’ll be creating a rod for their own back. So there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot to worry about ahead of tomorrow’s hearings.
As always, there will be a demand from certain rival supporters for our club to be hammered. That’s what happens when you starve them of success. But nobody can say that Celtic hasn’t acted in a responsible manner throughout this whole saga.
In fact, the player involved, Boli Bolingoli, isn’t even at the club anymore. Given he joined Istanbul Basaksehir last week, the Hoops have even moved to get rid of him for his ridiculous breach. That surely must count for something.
So let’s see what happens tomorrow. Given Celtic and Aberdeen have reportedly already received backing from rivals, however, it’s difficult to see how this will result than anything other than a slap on the wrists.