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Closed doors 'not ideal'


Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon described the prospect of playing games behind closed doors to help prevent further spread of coronavirus as "not ideal" but accepts the broader picture of fixtures being fulfilled.

Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster has warned an outbreak of the virus at even one club could make finishing the season "very difficult". As of Friday morning, 11 people had tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland, with the UK figure standing at 163.

The possibility of matches taking place at empty stadiums was flagged up as the football authorities consider what options might be available.

"It's not ideal but they have had to do it in Italy," said Lennon, voted Ladbrokes Premiership manager of the month for February

"I don't know what measures are taken elsewhere but we'll have to take a view on that if and when that situation arises.

"It's not ideal. I don't know the financial situations of other clubs but I would say it would be very detrimental to the financial well-being.

"I think we are maybe getting a little bit too far ahead of ourselves and we will have to take it week by week.

"Yes, we want to play the games and obviously we want to play them in front of full houses, that's what football is all about."