Football after lockdown

While the accusations rage on in Scottish Fitba who said what to whom, what are their names, we don’t do walking away la de da de da we turn our view to Football After Lockdown.

 

What will it be like? Well, there is a certain amount of crystal ball gazing required, but fortunately I have been dealing with some experts on crystal ball gazing recently.

 

Life after Lockdown – much to most people’s disappointment will be very similar to life under lockdown with some relaxations in certain areas, however life will not revert to normality until there is a vaccine, and until the majority of the nation are vaccinated. So we are talking 12 months for a vaccine, which could mean it would be available as early as February 2021 (12 months after development started). If we take a random number of inoculations per day of say 200,000 then we are looking at about 330days to inoculate the UK – and we all know that Scotland will be at the back of the queue. So we’re talking about full normality around February 2022 and maybe from around August 2021 there will be sufficient inoculations to allow the 21-22 season to begin as normal.

 

A recent study from  a world class engineering office simulated office work after lockdown, and while you may wonder what this has to do with fitba, well it showed that under normal conditions safety cannot be guaranteed as 2m separation is generally impossible with pinch-points being meeting rooms / kitchens / elevators / wc’s. To work safely they had to drop the population to 25% of capacity to be able to safely navigate office life, which means that many of us will probably only be going into the office 1-2 days a week for the next 15 months or so and meetings will all be online. Otherwise companies risk getting sued, so they just won’t risk it.

 

Translating this into football terms, it probably means that the current capacity of Celtic Park of 60,411 could be dropped to a maximum of around 15,000 – if spectators are allowed at all for the 2020-2021 season. Seats will have to be designated at appropriate distances from neighbors – and I suspect they will put in Yellow seats or something to make sure that they are the only ones allowed to be used (or maybe temporarily remove the other seats). I can imagine fascist stewards having a field day.

 

I remember all too well the season after Kenny left when we were utter dross with crowds of around 15,000 and it was grim, but putting this into the current context, what does this mean for:

 

  • Season ticket renewals that have already been issued?
  • Once they realize the requirement for reduced capacity, who gets the tickets? Maybe season tickets will not be for all games – just a quarter of games to enable all fans to attend at some point. Maybe you get Celtic TV chucked into the package to sell some additional licences and allow you to see the games that you cannot attend.
  • What will the playing budget be if our matchday income is slashed by ¾ for next season?
  • Will PL get his annual bonus?
  • How will they refund games not played this season if they cant provide a discount on next season as there will be a reduced number of tickets available?
  • If the playing budget gets slashed by ¾, which players will be retained and who will be deemed too expensive?
  • Will PL retain players whose contracts expire in May 2020? Probably not as he will need to slash the payroll.

 

   For many clubs in Scotland playing to tiny crowds will not have an impact on their finances, but how will the other mob survive, if they are still a going concern in a few months time? We don’t know the answers to these questions at present, but looking on the bright side, it should be a hell of a lot easier to get parked.

 
 

The above is by Dubaibhoy. As usual its sentinelcelts@gmail.com for any guest article’s which are always appreciated.

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AndersD
April 18, 2020 5:24 am

Nite nite ya pussies…lol…I wid enjoi the sleep…but need to sort my “canny get a link to post”

Now to read the article

Garry
April 18, 2020 5:29 am

With the wages Celtic pay, if there is no fitba till 2021, I do not see how we will survive as a club without income till then unless we go amateur.

AndersD
April 18, 2020 5:32 am

Dubaibhoy….great article…did I respond to closely ?

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 5:33 am

Just been reading back. Madmen!

ANDERSD

If you’re having trouble posting YouTube videos,it might be because you are using DuckDuckGo or a similar browser which doesn’t data-mine.

YouTube isn’t keen on them.

AndersD
April 18, 2020 5:35 am

Garry…we hav enuff more than enuff to see us through this medium to long term…;-))

Garry
April 18, 2020 5:38 am

Maybe SPFL will be about to become an amateur league, which is ironic in the year that our only amateur club Queens Park turned professional. I blame my mate Gerry Crawley for that.

Garry
April 18, 2020 5:40 am

Anders
Our wage bill is £60 million per annum. How much do we have in the bank?

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 5:40 am

GARRY

Good point. I estimate our season ticket money alone to be c£35m a year. Add in the take from the superstores,we could be looking at a loss of income of around £25-35m.

Not sure how much of that we can reclaim from our apparently watertight and expensive insurance,but either way we are in for tough times.

AndersD
April 18, 2020 5:41 am

Thanks Mick…av tried alll availsble browsers on ma phone…1 in a million seems to work…outside box or inside mind are options ?

Garry
April 18, 2020 5:46 am

BMCUW
Without income, no Scottish team will survive. Aff to write a strongly worded letter tae wee Nikla. Get the fitba back soon ya wee clown wi herd immunity of 60000 at Parkheid. Reckon fitba as we knew it is finished Mick.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 5:48 am

DUBAIBHOY

A lot of food for thought in there,mate. And it’s given me indigestion just thinking about it! Fortunately,I have some cans of Guinness to hand,the universally-recognised cure-all.

One way of increasing income from our home matches if the number of season tickets is drastically reduced would be to offer each ST holder access to Celtic TV for,say,£200 a year. That way they can still watch the games. I know that plenty of ST holders attend in family groups,and I’m sure that Celtic wouldn’t be checking too closely if some of them took up the offer on behalf of a friend and their registered device. But even that method would only bring in around £8m,tops.

If what you suggest might happen does indeed come to pass,there’s going to be some creative thinking required,that’s for sure.

Btw,a recent addition to the site posts as HARVEY. AWENAW recognised him right away,and mentioned you in passing.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 5:52 am

GARRY

Scary thought,mate. Btw,I had ACGR on the blower overnight. Isolation isnae bothering him much as he lives in the middle of nowhere anyway. But his whisky stash is taking a tanking. Thinking of having a whip-round for him,send him up a big Alpine Saint Bernard.

Garry
April 18, 2020 5:53 am

BMCUW
David Harvey???
One of my favourite goalies from that Leeds team full of good Scottish Tims.
Noman Hunter RIP.

AndersD
April 18, 2020 5:53 am

Garry…am sure broadcasters are scrambling to ensure some sore of infrastructure is in place to generate an income, no matter how truncated ASAP, guaranteed reduced payments from Addidas unless there’s an act of god clause….staff furlough…player furlough…huge credit facility…we will b a millions times better coming out of this than all of Scottish fitbaw

Garry
April 18, 2020 5:57 am

Anders
I cannae see it, unless we get fitba back this year. Could be the great leveller. Celtic without income would be the same as Brechin City wi nae crowd paying to watch.

AndersD
April 18, 2020 5:58 am

Wow…no even Halloween an u had Mad Mick on the phone…I know a few therapists ???

Garry
April 18, 2020 6:02 am

Was onto ACGR last night too Mick. Have you seen the man cave that him and Ross have converted. Quality Celtic space fae the wummin. Whisky and ganja and Celtic area. Loads of Celtic shirts and Pink Floyd, Oasis posters. Don’t let him kid you, he has enough Uisge Beatha to do him for a decade.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 6:03 am

ANDERSD

It was good to catch up wi him,mate. A nutter,but a bloody guid yin.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 6:05 am

GARRY

He promised to send me some photos,but he probably collapsed in a heap after our call.

Btw,he might have enough whisky to last you and me a decade,but I don’t think he has enough to last HIM nearly that long. Some drammer,that man!

Different Class
April 18, 2020 6:07 am

Good article. I think all football should be shutdown across Europe till Aug 21 season.Whats the alternative watching behind closed doors football on the telly not for me.You could get away without the crowds at other sports but not top level football.We should when we can finish this season and cup games behind closed doors to get them completed.All clubs are going to have to make drastic cut in wages in the meantime. I wsh i was more optimistic but i cant see crowds at football anytime soon.

Garry
April 18, 2020 6:11 am

BMCUW
Aye good point Mick. Hollow legs has oor Carnoustie Gowfer. He sent me the photos before he spoke to you. Remind him to send you them. It is a class set up him and Ross have created.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 6:14 am

DIFFERENTCLASS

You may well be right,but my Dad will be mightily miffed if he canny get his fix!

AndersD
April 18, 2020 6:14 am

BMCUWP…with his permission…could u forward me a contact no for him? A lost fone is a stomach drop…and lost numbers is the least of it…u should hav my email, ta

AndersD
April 18, 2020 6:24 am

All along the watchtower…pls

Garry
April 18, 2020 6:24 am

DC
Trumpet the POTUS would have the fitba back next week if he was in Holyrood. Get Nikla oot and Donald in. ?

Different Class
April 18, 2020 6:25 am

Bobby we all will be but i have read some of the top guys on this and they thing gatherings should be restricted and mass gatherings would be crazy.I think the question should be put to the goverments medical officer can he see crowds at sporting events this year. I think his honest answer will be NO.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 6:28 am

ANDERSD

Mailed ya,bud. If you don’t get it,mail me on my gmail account please.

Garry
April 18, 2020 6:29 am

https://g.co/kgs/LvSeQA
Here you go Andy

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 6:31 am

DIFFERENTCLASS

My Dad is the most patient and tolerant of men-he’s put up wi me for 56 years,after all-but you don’t want to see him miffed. Unfortunately I find it difficult to argue with your reasoning,and can only hope that your timeline is very much worst case.

Different Class
April 18, 2020 6:34 am

Bobby hope so. We will need to keep a close eye on China see how it pans out there, thats if we can get all the true facts.

AndersD
April 18, 2020 6:38 am

Cheers G ta, BMCUWP, received, ta…honest to god…the timterverse is a joy to behold ??

Garry
April 18, 2020 6:40 am

BMCUW
Dave (WITS) fae Dublin was asking after you and your dad last night. Hard to believe it is 4 years last week we were all in Dublin for the Easter Rising centenary celebration.

AndersD
April 18, 2020 6:41 am

Sorry G…should hav stipulated best guitarist of all time…my mistake ?

Garry
April 18, 2020 6:44 am

https://g.co/kgs/u4Bp1G
This better A? ??

Garry
April 18, 2020 6:47 am

Dylan lyrical genius.
Hendrix guitar genius.
Bob preferred Jimi’s version ?

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 6:49 am

GARRY

He’s a diamond,is WITS. I can never make up my mind when he’s being serious or not,especially with stuff that I vehemently disagree! Matters not,friends should always be disagreeing with each other-it’s the only way we learn…

Tell him,please,that all is well in the Fenian outpost back home-touch wood-and we hope to see him soon enough in Belfast if his “trophy wife” lets him out to play(!)

Btw,I’ve not turned my back on that group,it’s just that for some reason my broadband refuses to recognise it. It’s fine via an external wifi connection,so every so often I update it and read back. There’s some craic on there,for sure.

PS-what a weekend that was!!!

AndersD
April 18, 2020 6:55 am

G…that’s the one?ty…BMCUWP…Corkie was, as far as I can tell, intimately involved…nae wunner his sense of humour is warped ?

Garry
April 18, 2020 6:55 am

BMCUW
I love Dave’s Dub humour. Intelligent and witty like his hero Sean O’Casey.
Will pass on your regards Mick.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 6:56 am

One more Guinness,then some kip. Got a mission of mercy to run today,about 2pm.

Two cases of beer to my disabled pal. Poor sod thinks his throat’s has been cut. I did the same last week,and plan to do so every week till he’s allowed out again. And since he has a letter from the NHS telling him to stay indoors for twelve weeks,that might be some time away.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 7:03 am

ANDERSD

IIRC,Corkcelt now stays near Clonmel. Could be wrong. Anyway,I was in Asda yesterday and bought a few cases of its finest export product.

18 cans of Magners. £9. Or approx half of the minimum price allowed in Scotland.

N-I-C-E…

Garry
April 18, 2020 7:09 am

BMCUW
Aye, Corkcelt is now in the home of Magners or Bulmers over there, Clonmel. Wonder how much a bottle of Magners is in Clonmel. £2.09 the cheapest 568 ml bottle of Magners in Clydebank. Can buy a box of 6 for £11.50 in my cornershop. Minimum price nonsense up here.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 7:11 am

I’m absolutely astonished at this. Might be one of the biggest own goals in political history.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8228769/Bleak-figures-China-US-economic-hit-virus.html

Trump lays down the gauntlet to State governors about each of them relaxing their lockdown restrictions. His supporters take to the streets in mass rallies.

Oh,you can guess the rest…

Garry
April 18, 2020 7:13 am

Box of 18 440 mls magners cans is £15 in Asda Clydebank.

Garry
April 18, 2020 7:18 am

https://g.co/kgs/xhW7HD
USA today Mick.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 7:22 am

GARRY

That’s surprising,mate. It should be £17.82 at 50p per unit. 7.92 litres of 4.5% alcohol. Grab it quick!

If I was living back home,I’d be inclined to do a booze run to Carlisle. 200 miles round trip,about £40 in fuel. Fill the van. I’m bloody serious,too.

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 7:24 am

GARRY

What a debut album that was! Bloody awful since though. Pity.

AndersD
April 18, 2020 7:26 am

G, pretty sure he’s only agitating for public disobedience in states he doesn’t have political control of…shock horror

BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS
April 18, 2020 7:35 am

ANDERSD

That might have been his plan,but he’s not really very good at those. For sure,no matter which state,it was his supporters,his November voters,out there putting themselves and therefore their friends and families at risk.

Quelle dommage.

Garry
April 18, 2020 7:35 am

BMCUW
Still great live Kaiser Chiefs, but play debut album in full with a few fillers every gig. Saw them 3 years ago with Kasabian. Great duo. Leeds Utd v Leicester City gig.

Garry
April 18, 2020 7:41 am

Of course Leicester had just won the league and Kasabian came on to Match of the Day theme tune.

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