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 for any guest article’s which are always appreciated.

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Puff puff
April 19, 2020 10:38 pm

Thinking Mdaff gone to sleep again

Puff puff
April 19, 2020 10:39 pm

Enjoy buddy

Puff puff
April 19, 2020 10:39 pm

Your up late BP

Afghan melon - formerly Cplchlc
April 19, 2020 10:40 pm

If you are off to your kip big Packy before i am back, goodnight to you & Joan ?

big packy
April 19, 2020 10:41 pm

LISTEN GHUYS I need my beauty sleep ?wee joan is calling me, get to bed NOW I aint arguing? GNAGB EVERYONE.HH

Puff puff
April 19, 2020 10:43 pm

Have you seen deer hunter Afghan

Puff puff
April 19, 2020 10:44 pm

Sleep well BP

big packy
April 19, 2020 10:44 pm

PUFF PUFF, just off to bed, duty calls, gnagb pal?

April 20, 2020 1:17 am

Afghan melon - formerly Cplchlc
April 20, 2020 2:13 am


Seen it many times but i think that is only the second time ? I have watched it uninterrupted.
Bit of a long one to watch i usually pass out or have to go back & watch were i left off ?

Wee bit of catch up TV & bed.

Goodnight, you & yours stay safe and well folks?HH

April 20, 2020 3:58 am

How about this idea?

UEFA announce The Long Spoon Champions League played in different cities across Europe every weekend for next season.

The top teams from each league are involved and dont play in their domestic competition if there is one.

The proceeds of the TLSCL where TV Companies sell access globally are paid out on a solidarity basis.

Players with no wage competition in their favour play for the equivalent of £25k a year or whatever is deemed to be the average working man wage across Europe. It’s that or no club to sue.

The big clubs recognise that they need smaller clubs for a host of reasons, player development, cannon fodder, keeping football and community aligned , so they play on a cost neutral base.

The proceeds after these costs get paid to national associations free to devise the spend to keep clubs turning over or mothballed until their national league starts.

Sponsors would queue up to be involved to add to TV income.

Logistics to be worked out including safety but easier to implement over say 40 clubs than 1000.

In short UEFA assume responsibility to lead the clubs through difficult times.

Unthinkable 3 months ago, but that was then, this is now for an unknown while.

April 20, 2020 4:04 am
April 20, 2020 4:06 am

All for res.12.adverts in papers etc,then a 180,bought off for 40 pieces of silver
A Judas in my book.
Never forgiven
Paul Brennan.

April 20, 2020 4:10 am

All for res.12.adverts in papers etc,then a 180,bought off for 40 pieces of silver
A Judas in my book.
Never forgiven
Paul Brennan.
That puzzled me especially his reluctance to add Res12 to the Judicial Review being pushed that got nowhere because it lacked the locus Res12 did have. Then no reporting from 2018 AGM after hard evidence of false pretence turned up.

Turned out Winning Captains was the driver.

April 20, 2020 4:17 am


Mailed ya.

April 20, 2020 4:22 am

Just watched The Uncivil War based on Tim Shipman’s book All Out War and how Dominic Cummings won the Leave vote with the slogan “Taking Back Control: which prompted me thinking, “hows that working out Dominic?”

The reality is reality is in control so there was no control we could take back. We dont have it in the first place.

Drama also covered the immigration and NHS angle where again the (mad I tell you) idea that we could take back control with only beneficial consequences has been shown by reality to be absurd.

No wonder neither Dominic nor Boris nor their government lackies have been seen to be in control with one last seen legging it up Downing Street and the other joining the hunt for Shergar.

No wonder Jesus wept.

April 20, 2020 11:59 am

Hi ghuys n ghals

What happened to the nightshift….did you give them time off for good behaviour BMCUWP

Have we won / been awarded our 9th yet .

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