SPFL source senses vindication for Celtic and company after petty rivals plot

By John McGinley

January 7, 2022

The Daily Record are carrying bullish quotes from an SPFL source who thinks that the decision voted on by Celtic and other clubs to bring forward the winter break will end up being fully vindicated.

As we’ve discussed already this week, the SPFL are confident fans will return quite quickly to Scottish football following the resumption of the Premiership. There’s even the possibility of a crowd in place for Celtic vs Hibernian on January 17th.

Now, a league source has told The Record: “It’s now almost universally accepted that while clearly more infectious, the Omicron variant is far less severe in its impact than previous waves, which is very welcome news.

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“Although Covid has shown time and again that you can’t take anything for granted, we’re therefore quietly optimistic that the clubs’ vote to bring forward the winter break to allow breathing space to assess the Omicron variant will prove to be the right one.

“Everyone in Scottish football is hopeful that games will be able to resume on the 17th without restrictions on fans and we await further developments as we liaise with Scottish Government over the coming week or so.”

It’s quite embarrassing for the small minority, notably including Rangers, who were against the break being brought forward in the first place. It now seems the Ibrox side will benefit from the good foresight of others after voting against the proposals.

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They were so fixated on the derby at the turn of the year that they were willing to see big matches effectively played behind closed doors, to the benefit of nobody.

Thankfully, it now seems that over the next seven days the Joint Response Group will get confirmation from the Scottish Government that crowds will return to matches. So no harm done.

Perhaps next time we can leave the daft accusations of fear and loathing inside Celtic Park to the side and allow common sense to play out without absurd teeth gnashing. That’s probably asking for too much.

In other news, Report: Celtic reject January offers for defender.