SPFL dodge Celtic and St Mirren requests in official statement on crowd restrictions

By Euan Davidson

December 21, 2021

The SPFL have issued a statement with the SFA on Nicola Sturgeon’s announcements over football matches, without making any reference to Celtic or St Mirren.

After St Mirren asked for a postponement for tomorrow night’s game against Celtic, there has been nothing from the league authority as of yet. Instead, the SPFL’s Chief Executive offered some backing for clubs, and said there’d be more news on implementing guidance as soon as possible.

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So, as of yet, we have absolutely no idea whether tomorrow’s game will in fact go ahead.

In a joint SPFL/SFA statement, Doncaster said [SFA]: “Today’s news will be a hammer blow to clubs and fans across the country, who simply could not have done more to mitigate the impact of the ongoing pandemic.

“Despite the enormous financial impact, the 42 clubs have provided an invaluable source of reassurance, support and relief from the day-to-day impact of COVID-19 in communities throughout Scotland and they will continue to do so.

“Our clubs have adapted quickly and effectively to previous restrictions, and we will work with them in implementing the guidance from today’s announcement in the coming days.”

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Celtic wait on SPFL response after St Mirren and league make statements

Still nothing on the Celtic game tomorrow, then.

While it’s good that the SPFL have mobilised to some degree after today’s announcements, we need more clarification. Paisley is hardly a trip to the North Pole, but fans have made plans and bought tickets for tomorrow night.

You would’ve hoped for a contingency plan. There have been multiple days for the SPFL to deal with the inevitable restrictions. Quick decisions on fixtures, primarily Celtic and St Mirren facing off tomorrow night, should’ve been in hand by now.

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Not that we’re telling anyone how to navigate an unprecedented scenario like Covid-19, but we’ve been here before. Swifter action is needed.

It’s been a dramatic day for Celtic and Scottish football fans in general. Until we get clarity from the SPFL, that tension will only ramp up.

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