CELTIC’S phenomenal surge towards another historic campaign has been halted with football forced into cold storage due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The enforced lockdown has arrived at a time with the Hoops 13 points ahead in their pursuit of their record-equalling ninth successive title and two wins away from lifting the Scottish Cup for the fourth campaign in a row to complete an astonishing quadruple treble.

Neil Lennon, however, is adamant the Parkhead men will cope with whatever comes their way during an unprecedented period of uncertainty.

The Celtic gaffer, speaking to the Sunday Mail, said: “These are things we have never experienced before.

“Listen, it’s not exclusive to us. A lot of clubs are in the same position.

“I think we are covered for any eventuality, if the league is postponed or truncated or elongated into the summer. That’s hypothetical, so I don’t know, but we will be ready.”

Lennon doesn’t expect a quick return to action and if the season overruns into summer he must check the situation regarding Southampton loan pair, fans’ favourite Fraser Forster, the skyscraper goalkeeper who was Man of the Match when the club won the Betfred League Cup in December, and left-sided attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi.

He added: “This has thrown up all sorts of interesting quirks and questions.

“I would need to speak to Peter Lawwell or Michael Nicholson on that subject. It’s another thing I will now have to think about.

“There may well be a conversation with Southampton on that.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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