Any fears over the Coronavirus putting a halt to Celtic’s title-bid don’t appear to be a concern at the moment, with the Scottish Sun reporting that there are no plans for closed-door fixtures to be played.
Five more cases of the deadly virus have today been confirmed in Scotland. That’s taken the total infected number up to 23 (Scottish Sun).
The spread of the disease, originated in China, has been vast to say the least. Italy has seen the number of people in their country infected with the disease go up to 366, with up to 16million people quarantined in the country (BBC).
With such heavy action being taken, Sunday’s Serie A fixtures were played behind closed-doors. Even then, the decision to even play was branded “irresponsible” by Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora (BBC).
Yet despite the measures being taken in Italy, Scotland aren’t set to follow suit. The Scottish Sun has stated that there are no plans for closed-door games despite fears in England that Premier League games could go down that route.
The Coronavirus isn’t just a bad cold
When a country’s minister is talking about games going ahead being irresponsible, it’s vital we listen. It may not be long before events that contain mass numbers in Britain start being postponed.
However, speaking to the Sun, a Scottish FA spokesperson said the following:
“There are no plans to play games behind closed doors at present. The joint Scottish FA and SPFL response group will be guided by government and medical advice on the situation and any updates on the situation will be communicated by the response group appropriately.”
It’s obviously great for Celtic that games will continue to go ahead as planned. The last thing we need is for the league to be ruled null and void due to a failure to complete it.
However, at the same time, the Coronavirus disease has to be treated with the utmost care. It’s most certainly not just a bad cold, with the death rate around the world showing just how serious this is.
What this latest update by the Scottish FA shows is that there are no current major fears from the government. But that could all change quickly. Hopefully that won’t be the case, but as usual, it’s safety first.
Should Scottish football games be played behind closed doors? Is it time we took more precautions to combat the Coronavirus? Or are things all good for now? Let us know your verdict in the discussion forum below.