"We have no plan"; Celtic, SPFL clubs wait as Jason Leitch touches on football precautions

By Euan Davidson

December 18, 2021

The national clinical director Jason Leitch has insisted to Celtic and SPFL clubs that there’s no secret agenda relating to football, amidst the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.

Leitch has become a household name during the pandemic. He’s been offering updates for football fans during a grim period of our modern history. In 20-21, fans in Scotland were locked out of football matches, with the Covid-19 pandemic raging on.

With Celtic due to face Hibernian tomorrow at Hampden in the Premier Sports Cup Final, there were some immediate concerns. Games have been called off across England and Scotland, owing to positive cases within squads. Celtic’s game against St Mirren could be affected, after the Buddies closed down training.

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Leitch, speaking on BBC Radio Scotland’s Off the Ball [40.41], said: “Whether it’s a hockey, football or rugby game, it’s all the peripheral stuff that brings people together in an environment where this virus, I’m afraid, enjoys transmission advantage.

“We have no plan, there isn’t a secret plan. There isn’t a drawer with an A Le Carte menu on it, that the First Minister is going to announce immediately.

“We talk every single day about what the data is doing, what we are seeing internationally, what the protections might need to be going forward.”

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Celtic, SPFL clubs still awaiting grand plan from Jason Leitch and Scottish Government for Omicron variant

With the Omicron variant causing mayhem in football around the world, it feels inevitable that something might change. As it stands, tomorrow’s Cup Final, and all Scottish matches scheduled, will go ahead as normal.

It seems it’s more about guidelines rather than legislation that Jason Leitch and the Scottish Government are stressing. With Christmas coming up, no Government wants to tell its citizens that the festive season is effectively cancelled. Nor do they want the ire of football fans.

For Celtic, a potential absence of supporters would be a disaster. The connection between the fans and the team this year has been incredible. That’s down to two main factors; Ange Postecoglou, and the return to Celtic Park this season.

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The noise at Celtic Park has been incredible thus far. So, any situation that reduces or cancels that out completely would be a hammer-blow for so many of us.

As the Scottish Government continue to assess the threat, Celtic and the SPFL will wait with considerable anxiety.

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