Celtic could face the possibility of playing some league matches on midweek afternoons this season, as per a report from the Scottish Sun.
Neil Lennon’s side are already going through a bizarre campaign – but things could get even weirder if the report comes to fruition.
The newspaper says that the SPFL are considering the drastic possibility of playing some midweek games at 3pm, to help reduce costs for home clubs.
As we enter the early nights and the cold winter, it is felt that playing midweek clashes earlier in the day could help club with floodlight costs, at a time when money is hard to come by.
But the idea is extremely drastic, as midweek games have never been held during the day – a time when most fans are at work or school.
An insider told the Scottish Sun: “There’s no real requirement for matches scheduled for midweek to take place at night.
“Those games could easily be switched to 3pm starts. There are no ball boys and very few staff required.
“It isn’t practical for part-time clubs, but for full-time teams, it’s an option. Even something like floodlight bills would be reduced by games starting in daylight.
“The drawback for many clubs is they have already sold packages to fans to stream games with evening starts. Moving them to afternoons wouldn’t suit all supporters who have paid to watch.”
Celtic Park games would surely not be affected, but away games could
The fact that games are currently being played behind closed doors means that the timing is less of an issue than before.
You would guess that Celtic would be pretty unlikely to move any home league midweek clashes to the afternoon, as the cost of floodlights won’t be as substantial for us in comparison to some lesser top-flight clubs.
But any away games at smaller sides could be moved – although broadcasters Sky Sports would probably have a say in such a move.
It’s scary that such drastic, previously unheard of, measures are now being considered to try and save clubs cash.
If Neil Lennon’s men need to play a match a few hours earlier to help a struggling club, then that is the kind of thing we have a duty to do.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.