It’s not often a commercial statement made by Rangers would have information in it relevant to Celtic but that was the case this morning when the Ibrox side boasted about their season ticket sales.
We can gloss over all that ticket stuff and get to the point.
The statement, on their official website, included this intriguing sentence: “The club understands that a gradual increase of supporters within the stadium, may begin in late August, subject to the appropriate government guidance.”
Obviously, if fans are going to be allowed into Ibrox, it’d be a similar scenario for clubs across Scotland, including at Celtic Park.
It reads as if Rangers have information from authorities that would lead them to believe that’s the timetable to get some sort of crowd into matches.
You’d expect however that the first run of matches with fans would be at a severely reduced capacity to take into account social distancing measures.
Still, it’s good news that there may not be many games completely behind closed doors.
Celtic manager Neil Lennon spoke in a similar, positive manner about the return of fans recently, telling The Daily Record yesterday: “We’re sitting here a little bit envious [of the English Premier League] but I understand where we are as a country and as a football association. We made the right decisions at the right times for the good of our game.
“I’m pretty confident there will be fans in stadiums before the end of the year and the club are certainly at the forefront of looking at doing so.
“We’re looking at the health and safety, doing the risk assessments and trying to be really positive and purposeful in getting these procedures in place. We want fans back in as soon as possible.”
In the same Record report it’s stated that footballing authorities have teamed up with the Scottish Rugby Union to study and plan how to get fans back inside arenas to watch live sport.
Clearly there is a confidence that this can be closer to the start of the season than the end.
Everything has to be done safely and in accordance with the guidance of health experts and government officials but as the days tick towards August, the thought of watching Celtic in action again is a glorious one.