Celtic Park set to host fans for derby clash after Nicola Sturgeon update

By Hamish Carton

August 20, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has given the green light for Celtic Park to reopen to “limited numbers” of supporters in a matter of weeks.

The leader of the SNP says that sports stadia will be allowed to open from September 14th – as per a tweet from Radio Clyde News.

This development isn’t a huge surprise. As we told you late last month, the FM had already suggested the possibility with that September 14th date once again mentioned.

However, player COVID breaches in Scottish football since then had led many to believe that the mid-September date may be pushed back.

That means that Thursday’s announcement from Sturgeon is a positive one – and that view is likely to be shared by Celtic.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon / (Photo by Colin Fisher – Pool/Getty Images)

Celtic Park set to have fans in for Rangers clash

Details over what number of fans will be allowed in are sketchy at best.

The only indicator is the phrase “limited numbers” which could probably mean anything from 1,000 to 20,000 fans.

Details will obviously become clearer in the coming weeks, with the clash against Livingston at Celtic Park earmarked to be our first with fans back at games.

We then host Hibernian a week later with Rangers arriving on October 17th.

Celtic fans before a Rangers match / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The very fact we look likely to have fans back inside Parkhead for that derby is a real positive for everyone at the club, from supporters to players and the boardroom.

Hopefully, if we can impress during our games against Livi and Hibs, we could get a healthy number of fans into the game against our rivals.

The news is also positive on the European front where we could hope to have fans in place in time for the group stage of the Champions League – should we make it there.

In other news, Celtic could use Tom Rogic as a “makeweight” in our move for Shane Duffy.