SFA and SPFL in talks regarding potential Celtic postponement this weekend

By John McGinley

September 8, 2022

The SPFL and SFA are in continuing discussions with the Scottish and UK Governments regarding the potential postponement of this weekend’s football fixtures across the country, including Celtic’s.

Queen Elizabeth II has passed away, with some events expected to be disrupted or postponed over the next week or two in line with long-standing procedure.

However, that is not yet confirmed, and an update has come this evening from Scottish Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan, who reported on Twitter: “SPFL and SFA ‘in continuing discussions with the UK and Scottish Governments, our counterparts at the English Premier League and the English Football League’ regarding fixture arrangements in the aftermath of Queen Elizabeth’s death. Update likely tomorrow.”

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Celtic are currently due to play Livingston at home on Saturday, with the chance to consolidate a five-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Ange Postecoglou’s team also have matches against Shakhtar Donetsk and St Mirren to look forward to over the next ten or so days.

You’d imagine UEFA matches will be unaffected due to the incredibly tight window for fixtures due to the World Cup, but that match in Paisley is looking like another that could be postponed, especially if a state funeral is scheduled for that weekend.

Hopefully, the authorities can reach a decision quickly to give travelling fans and supporters as much time as possible to change or cancel plans and bookings.

We’ll obviously have news on this for you as soon as we get it.

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