Report: Sky Sports could be allowed greater coverage of Celtic home games

By David Walton

March 16, 2020

The Daily Record has today reported that Sky Sports could be set for greater access for games at Celtic Park.

The Record has reported that the SPFL is currently considering relaxing the rule of how many Celtic Park and Ibrox games are shown live on TV.

However, in what’s perhaps a downside to it all, league reconstruction has been ruled out despite question marks over what’s happening with promotion and relegation this season.

Celtic Park (George Wood/Getty Images)

The SPFL will be desperate to keep Sky onside ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. The Record says that the league’s governing body is currently going over options to minimise disruption to the 2020-21 campaign.

Therefore, should Sky be given more access to games at Parkhead, it won’t be happening until the start of the new campaign as opposed to between now and the end of the current one.

A massive shot in the arm for the armchair fan

Under the current contract, both Celtic and Rangers can only be shown at Parkhead and Ibrox four times per season, according to the Record. However, with such uncertainty surrounding the game, it looks as though the league is trying to keep the TV powerhouse onside.

You have to wonder how much Celtic would be happy with this, however. It’s bound to have a negative effect on attendances at Parkhead. With more games being screened live on Sky, it could make better financial sense for some fans to keep their Sky packages as opposed to snapping up season tickets.

Then again, the sheer pull of next year being a 10-in-a-row season could cancel that out.

Celtic celebrate winning a league title (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

As things currently stand, those who don’t visit Parkhead and live in Britain can’t watch Celtic home games for free. The club’s official TV channel – Celtic TV – only broadcasts live matches to those who don’t live in the UK or Republic of Ireland.

Therefore this could be a big boost for Sky as well as the armchair fan. With Celtic Park sold out more often than not this season, it would give other fans who haven’t been able to secure tickets the chance to see their team live in action as opposed to having to deal with audio commentary from other sources.

Of course, this is just one option that the SPFL may go down, with nothing certain as of yet. There hasn’t even been a number floated regarding how many games would be screened from Parkhead. But it would certainly be a major shake-up.