St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has called for some positive thinking and calm in the shops amidst the ongoing global health pandemic.
Football is at the back of everyone’s minds right now as the globe faces a dangerous threat from a Covid-19 outbreak. Over 300,000 cases have been diagnosed worldwide and it’s a number escalating rapidly.
Wright has sent a message to supporters as the crisis deepens. He’s asked fans to be sensible in these times as he lifts the lid on advice from his brother working in retail.
“It’s important to look out for your family members, friends and neighbours,” he said in a club statement. “These are unprecedented times for this country and indeed the world, and we need to check in on those who are most vulnerable.
“We need to try and stay positive, follow government guidelines, and hopefully the situation will improve quickly. We’re all dealing with the uncertainty at the moment but hopefully everything can return to normal as soon as possible.
“I’ve seen myself first-hand the situation in supermarkets with empty shelves and I’d like to ask everybody to remain sensible when it comes to shopping. My brother works in the retail industry and he has assured me that there is more than enough food for everyone as long as people don’t stockpile food and buy more than they need. It’s the most vulnerable people at this time who suffer most from empty supermarket shelves.
“On the football side of things, there is still a lot of uncertainty about what will happen but this is entirely out of our control. I’m sure the footballing authorities will be working extremely hard during these testing times.”
Football on the backburner
As much as many want the football back, it probably isn’t going to be an imaginable reality for the next few months. It’s very much on the backburner with people’s lives at risk.
Wright’s St Johnstone team were pushing for a top six berth prior to Scottish football’s suspension. Whether they’ll get the chance to complete their objective remains to be seen.
These are uncertain times and Wright’s urging for some calm as we enter a troubling period.