Celtic Park scheduled to be allowed full capacity crowds from August 10th
Celtic Park will be allowed to host full crowds from August 10th under the current roadmap, according to National Clinical Director Jason Leitch.
Fans have been locked out of Parkhead since March 2020. The last time Celtic played in front of their home support was in a 5-0 routing of St Mirren. The lack of supporters in grounds over the 2020/21 campaign could be one of the reasons Celtic dipped so badly.
However, Scotland appears to be turning a corner. Nicola Sturgeon has announced that she hopes to remove all legal limits on social restrictions on August 9th. That initially looked extremely promising from a footballing perspective.
And Leitch has today confirmed that the current roadmap would mean full crowds in stadiums from August 10th onwards. When asked on the BBC Sunday Show [27/06, 10:09] whether stadiums can be full, Leitch said: “They can from August 10th.
“But we’ve had to learn that new word, that indicative word. So we have given advice that says with a fair wind, the trajectory we’re presently on with vaccinations…remember, we’re vaccinating 300,000 people every 10 days. That’s a lot of vaccines. These six weeks buys us quite a lot of vaccine time.
“So if we can get that in and people come, then yes we hope August 9th/10th can happen.”
Celtic Park at full capacity appears to be coming quicker than first thought
Personally, I thought it would be some time before we saw capacity crowds back at Parkhead. If anything I thought it would be a gradual re-integration of supporters. So this reveal by the National Clinical Director is extremely welcome.
If the schedule goes to plan, Celtic’s first home league match with capacity crowds allowed will ironically be St Mirren on August 21st. Of course, with a bit of luck, we also have a Champions League tie in between August 10th and the St Mirren game too.
Of course, we’ve gotten used to disappointment over the last 15 months or so. We’ve become accustomed to carrots being dangled in front of football only for it to be yanked away.
Obviously, the primary concern is indeed public health. Any decision to push back the August 9th date will be done with the best intentions I’m sure. But it’s still promising for football that capacity crowds could be back quickly.
It also therefore looks extremely likely that the first Glasgow derby of the season at Ibrox will also be full on August 29th.
Exciting times indeed. Fingers crossed the nation continue on its current vaccination path and keep on progressing.
In other news, Ali McCann is now reportedly available for only £1m, but English interest is hovering.