Some Celtic fans have been reacting to the club’s Pro Evolution Soccer match from yesterday.
The Hoops were scheduled to face St Johnstone at Celtic Park yesterday in what would’ve likely been another step closer to nine in-a-row.
However, the current shutdown of football in Scotland has led to no games going ahead for the foreseeable future. It started with last weekend’s derby clash at Ibrox being postponed, and there’s no return date in sight for now.
Therefore, Celtic took the unusual option of trying to play out a Pro Evo game between themselves and St Johnstone to try and satisfy some supporters in what was a club first. It’s fair to say there was a mixed response:
That PES patter from Celtic was honking today
— mckinley (@SeanMcKinley67) March 21, 2020
Day 10 without football: Moaned about James Forrest pulling out a 50/50 in a PES game streamed by Celtic.
I need help
— Aidan Ritchie (@AidanRitchie27) March 21, 2020
Brilliant stuff from the lads even if it was just on PES😂💚🍀 https://t.co/3M4IRt0HI2
— Celt in Oz (@Celtic12227908) March 21, 2020
See if anyone thinks I’m no watching the Celtic vs st Johnstone pes game on YouTube drinking a couple a tennents and acting like it’s a real game. You’ve another thing coming
— mad duck man-sneddon (@DuckJackets) March 21, 2020
Aww I need to turn these Celtic twitter notifications off man, can’t be having in update every time someone scores a goal on PES
— David O'Molloy (@Celtic_GLA) March 21, 2020
Nae post match reactions? Sky would be proud of that!
Well done though, good laugh for an hour
— PeejPrime (@PeejPrime) March 21, 2020
Wit times the cyber Kerrydale open till?
— TrebleJungle (@TrebleJungle) March 21, 2020
Thanks for your magnificent support today Celts, we look forward to welcoming you to our next home match but until then enjoy the rest of your weekend, have a safe journey home and HAIL HAIL
— Daniel Gallagher (@_dgallagher99) March 21, 2020
I didn’t know I needed that, but I really did, thanks lads
— Kieran Burke 🇮🇪🇪🇺 (@kieranburke83) March 21, 2020
Can’t blame the club for being versatile
In fairness, Celtic could easily just shut down their Twitter and all social media profiles until things become clearer regarding the current health crisis. You can’t really blame the club for trying to come up with unique content to try and entertain the supporters.
Pro Evolution Soccer is never going to be everyone’s cup of tea. However, for those who actually kept tabs on it, it perhaps soothed their appetite given the severe lack of football these days.
As for the virtual game itself, Celtic won 4-0 courtesy of braces from Odsonne Edouard and Leigh Griffiths respectively. Unfortunately, it won’t be counting towards our current points total!
It’ll be interesting to see what else Celtic come up with to entertain supporters, be it through PES or repeats of old matches.
Their Pro Evolution experiment may not have gone down too well amongst everyone, but there were certainly some supporters who enjoyed the real-life feel of it all.
Fair play to Celtic for giving it a go in any case. At the end of the day, it’s only a bit of fun until the real stuff comes back.