The late postponement of Saturday´s game at Inverness Caledonian Thistle has left Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell less than happy. The match was called off just two hours before the noon kick-off time due to a waterlogged pitch.
However, Lawwell told the club´s official website: “Our fans are the lifeblood of our club and of Scottish football,” he said, “and they need to be considered more when it comes to setting kick-off times.
“Inverness are a great community club,” he continued. “But clearly there is something wrong with the drainage of the pitch. This is the beginning of April and we are still getting games called off, which should not happen in Scottish top-flight football.
“I have great sympathy for our supporters who were already on their way and we can only apologise to them.”
Hoops face fixture pile-up.
Celtic´s hopes of landing the SPL title and Scottish Cup double face being hampered by a fixture pile-up which could see them having to play four games in eight days, reports the Daily Record.
The Hoops now have five league games and a Cup semi-final to fit in before the league split comes into effect on April 20.
Neil Lennon’s side have home games with Hibernian and St Mirren this week before visiting St Johnstone on Tuesday week and then having to play the Cup semi against Aberdeen on April 17. Three days later they face Kilmarnock and SPL bosses are now trying to reschedule Saturday´s postponed game at Inverness Caledonian Thistle, with April 14 the likeliest date.
There is a chance, however, Celtic could ask for the Kilmarnock game to be held after the split if Killie secure a top-six place.
Lennon praises fans.
Neil Lennon has praised Hoops fans for the support he has received from them over the course of the season and particularly over a difficult past few months for the Celtic boss.
“On a personal level, I would like to thank the Celtic supporters for the tremendous support which they have given me, particularly during the last few months,” he told the club´s official website.
“Despite not getting the result we wanted, the Celtic supporters were absolutely magnificent at the Co-operative Insurance Cup final. Our fans have a reputation for being the very best and they certainly demonstrated that at Hampden.
“They played their part in bringing us back into the game and while we never delivered the trophy, our supporters can certainly hold their heads high. They were a credit to the club.”