Some Celtic supporters have been responding to the club’s statement regarding the ongoing health crisis and the future of Scottish football.
The Scottish Premiership, along with many other leagues around Europe and indeed the world have shut down. This is due to the current pandemic sweeping the planet as the world looks to combat one of the worst diseases in history.
It puts football into perspective. However, there are still questions to be answered regarding the future of league titles. UEFA have set a deadline of June 30th to get domestic competitions wrapped up (Daily Record). However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson today said that he hopes Britain will help turn the tide on the crisis in the next 12 weeks (BBC). So it could be a case of handing Celtic the title or ruling it null and void.
Lawwell made sure to tackle that as he stated that the league can’t be voided. He also announced plans to help those less fortunate, as well as express Celtic’s preference that the season should have all of its games played out. Here’s a look at some of the reaction from supporters:
Good to see the club is helping the local community. That’s priority just now 🍀
— AM (@annemarie6377) March 19, 2020
Well done Celtic these are trying times and we should all pull together through it 👏👏
— Celtic bhoy (@Pedroshome67) March 19, 2020
A statement void of demands, void of insistence but full of empathy and class. Proud to be a Celt 🍀🍀
— Stephen McGurk (@TheGurk47) March 19, 2020
— Celtic Gossip (@CelticGossip) March 19, 2020
Amazing statement and amazing that the club is going to help the most vulnerable in our communities. Celtic is more than a club! https://t.co/ku27IttwUz
— Henrik's Tongue (@henriktongue) March 19, 2020
A mature and strong statement of support to society. Hail Hail https://t.co/zKMunFrsEh
— Martin McLaughlin (@thebigcup67) March 19, 2020
Very good, professional statement from Peter Lawwell!
In contrast with the disgraceful, self serving utterances from Ibrox & Tynecastle is clear for all to see! 👍🏻🍀🇮🇪
— Castlemilk Bhoy 🍀🇮🇪🍀 (@Victor63503635) March 19, 2020
Class and Dignity as usual Peter. We'll said👏
— Ronnie Adidas (@_lippylipez_) March 19, 2020
The man who runs Scottish football. Glasgow Green n white. Here we go 9 in a row…
— Kennedy ⭐🍀 (@KennedyCFC67) March 19, 2020
Celtic didn’t miss the mark anywhere in their statement
It was an absolutely brilliantly written statement from Lawwell when you actually take the time to view it all.
There’s empathy, understanding, and also solidarity with how the vast number of Celtic supporters feel about the league campaign.
Lawwell is spot on to put his foot through the null and void idea. Rangers did their best to tiptoe around it without actually saying that they wanted it in their own statement earlier in the week. But Celtic coming out and addressing the issue head-on was the correct thing to do here. We’re right to protect our 30-game efforts so far.
There’s also the aspect of Celtic helping communities in the statement too. So many who want to be criticial will try to overlook that fact given it doesn’t suit a particular agenda. However, it shows the commitment of the club to helping the less fortunate.
They’re also aware enough to extend warm thoughts to the rest of Scottish football and beyond regarding the health crisis. It was a lot less caring and considerate than other statements we’ve seen this week.
Yes, there are still issues that need addressing of course. Extending the deadline for season ticket renewals would be a good start in order for supporters to fairly purchase them at a more suitable date. As for the statement itself, however, Lawwell has hit the right notes.