Away fans look set for Celtic Park return after SPFL ruling

By John McGinley

October 5, 2021

The Scottish football Joint Response Group is scrapping mandatory red zones, which should allow away fans back into Celtic Park shortly.

So far, only Bayer Leverkusen fans have visited the stadium because UEFA rules on a Covid red zone surrounding the dugouts are less strict than what was imposed in the SPFL.

However, it now looks like Celtic will get to make their own determination on the situation at the stadium.

Scottish Daily Mail journalist Stephen McGowan shared the update on Twitter this afternoon, stating: “Scottish football returning to normal with the scrapping of mandatory matchday red zones by the Joint Response Group.

“Clubs will now be permitted to relax rules on away fans, hospitality areas, training grounds and travel based on their own risk assessments.”

This is excellent news and should herald a return of normality to Scottish football stadia after the problems of the pandemic over the last 18 months and more.

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Having away supporters at Celtic Park adds to the occasion and hopefully, the club will confirm they can find solutions for visiting fans shortly.

However, if it will be interesting to see if the club allow Rangers fans into the ground for the upcoming festive derby after we were barred, unnecessarily, Ibrox.

There’s an argument to say we shouldn’t, though the club might just wish to put all of this behind them.

In other news, Jota explains what’s “amazing” about the massive difference between Benfica and Celtic.