Some Celtic fans react to club's Pro Evolution Soccer match

By David Walton

March 22, 2020

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.

The outside of Celtic Park (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

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:

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!

Leigh Griffiths scored twice in the virtual match (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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.