It’s not something we thought we would be discussing at the start of the year, but Celtic simply must be cautious in their goal celebrations from here on in.
A report in the Scottish Sun states that Hamilton’s recent euphoria at Livingston saw cases rise off the back of it. This came after Kyle Munro netted a last-minute winner in West Lothian, with the Accies stars piling on top of him to celebrate.
All 10 of Accies’ players could be seen jumping on the goalscorer, with all players coming into extremely close contact and embracing each other.
The Sun reported that Accies had to cancel training on Monday due to the outbreak, which struck four of Brian Rice’s senior players.
But even though it may sound bizarre, Celtic will have to be wary of similar incidents occurring in the coming weeks ahead of some massive games for the club.
The Hoops host Rangers on October 17th and could be involved in the Europa League playoff round if we overcome either Riga or Tre Fiori.
A new trend must be set for goal celebrations
In matches like those with such massive pressure at stake, it would be easy to let emotions get the better of us. A goal in the derby against Rangers, for example, could easily see similar scenes as to the ones that took place in Livingston at the weekend.
In order to avoid that, celebrations will have to be as muted as possible going forward. Hamilton’s subsequent troubles are a stark reminder of what can happen when players get carried away and make such clear contact with each other.
A pat on the back or a fist bump, for example, would suffice from here on in. We can’t have a similar outbreak to the one that’s occurred in South Lanarkshire.
If we do, it could potentially force Neil Lennon into some drastic changes for potentially huge games. That’s the last thing we need to be concerned about during a 10-in-a-row season. The pressure will already be sky-high.
It may seem trivial, but this is an important aspect of the game now that Lennon has to drill into his players. The days of big warm embraces for goal celebrations or full-time congratulations need to be halted.
If they aren’t, we’ll start to see plenty more disasters like what Hamilton have gone through this week.