A cocktail of Covid 19 and the International break is playing havoc with Neil Lennon’s preparation for the top of the table clash next weekend against the Rangers. Nir Bitton is the latest player to test positive on international duty with Israel.
Earlier in the week Odsonne Edouard tested positive while away with the French under 21 team with Ryan Christie also having to self isolate because he came into close contact with former Celtic player Stuart Armstrong who tested positive in the Scotland’s teams base.
Not ideal preparation as the virus continues to spread throughout the World and with no vaccine in sight we are now trying to juggle living with Covid 19 and trying to get back to some sort of normality without spreading the virus even more.
Celtic fans in Glasgow and Ireland were looking to forward to watching the game in a pub after the realism hit home that we won’t be back at Celtic Park soon but that has been dashed by the closure of bars and restaurants as measures are once again ramped up in the fight to contain the virus.
Each day now will be worrying as we built up to the big game with the thought of more pull outs of the team as players remain away representing their respective countries. There have been a section of the Celtic support who have been unhappy with Neil Lennon and his rotation of the squad, maybe now they might think that a positive as we go into the game without key players to start or add strength to the bench. The more game time the whole squad has the better in these worrying times.
Andrew Milne started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.
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