Neil Lennon has praised the work of the Scottish Government as Scottish football returns this weekend. We may not have supporters in grounds at the moment but it’s a big step in the process and we hope by the end of the year we can see crowds back in stadiums.
Never in a million years did Celtic fans think they wouldn’t be in the stadium as the club unfurls its nine in a row championship flag. The crazy times we live in mean we are watching from afar.
The Irishman is desperate to see the supporters get back into grounds but as soon as it’s safe to make that call.
Speaking to CelticTV, the Parkhead boss was positive about where we go from here:
“It’s brilliant to have football back and I hope it stays that way.
“I think Scotland has dealt with the pandemic as well as anyone, but we are seeing the danger of a second spike in some other countries.
“In the football industry, people have been working very hard in the background, covering all the bases in terms of safety, protocol and health.
“The government here has done a fine job of protecting the public and the NHS as best they can.
“I think it’s going to be quite poignant when the games start.
“But it will be even better if and when we get supporters back in the stadiums.
“Looking at the English game, the novelty soon wears off after one or two games without crowds there.
“Speaking to other coaches, the players down south have found it difficult at times, so that’s something we’ll have to keep an eye on.
“But in terms of getting the game up and running again as best we can, it’s fantastic.
“Getting the supporters back is the key.
“We played a few games in France and having 5,000 fans in Paris was a nice bonus.
“We played against a quality side and it was good to have a sense of atmosphere.
“We’re very much at the forefront of supporting having fans into games.
“If the trial goes well then we can progress it further because football and fans go hand-in-glove.
“The players want it as much as anybody.”
Celtic will take on Hamilton at Celtic Park on Sunday with the SPFL kicking off on Saturday afternoon. The champions look to win the title for a tenth consecutive season, and in doing so, break the record held by Jock Stein’s incredible side.
We hope the bhoys can adjust to the games without the supports backing in the mean time.