Hibernian must see sense and offer Celtic PPV; but August decision has set a worrying precedent

By Hamish Carton

October 23, 2020

Earlier today we brought you the news that yet another Celtic away game wouldn’t be broadcast by Sky.

It is an unwritten rule in Scottish football that every time Neil Lennon’s men hit the road the TV cameras will follow them.

It has been that way for as long as many of us can remember. Until now.

Already this season, our visits to Ross County and St. Mirren have been snubbed by Sky Sports – with Celtic fans having to fork out for pay-per-view packages from those clubs in order to see the matches.

Our win over St. Mirren was not shown by Sky / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Now, it appears that our visit to Hibernian in late November will suffer the same fate.

Aw well, at least we’ll get to see the game on PPV. Well, don’t count your chickens just yet.

Hibs have previous for refusing PPV

While Hibernian will probably look to cash in on the Celtic pound by offering the game to Hoops fans, they are under no obligation to do so.

Further to that, they have already refused to do so for a home game this season, angering one Premiership club.

The opposition back in early August were Kilmarnock. Their manager Alex Dyer even said he was “gutted” over the Hibs decision not to stream the match. (Edinburgh Live)

Alex Dyer was frustrated by Hibernian’s decision / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Their main reason for doing so, as per The Edinburgh Reporter, was to “protect the value for their season ticket holders.”

The decision received real criticism across the board, but with Celtic not offering Hibs fans a chance to watch their recent visit to Parkhead, the club couldn’t really complain if Hibs decided to do likewise.

Oh, to yearn for a world with no talk of PPV, positive tests or empty stadia. One day that will surely return.

For now, Hibs please do the right thing and put the game on PPV. Give football fans the chance to watch football.

In other news, Jonny Hayes could still face Celtic this weekend for Aberdeen