Celtic Park will be completely empty for the Hoops’ Premiership opener against Hamilton Accies on August 2nd – according to journalist Chris McLaughlin.
The BBC Scotland reporter took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to inform his followers that there would be no fans back for the start of the Premiership campaign.
Definitely no fans back for start of the new SPFL Premiership season but those within the game have been told if things progress, fans could be back sooner than expected. Test events definitely part of that process. All dependent on no resurgence of the virus.
— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) July 9, 2020
The update puts to bed any hope that Celtic Park could house a small group of fans for the game against Accies – with the stadium now set for its first game behind closed doors in living memory.
When could a Celtic Park “test event” occur?
It has been widely reported that Parkhead could be used for a “test event” at some stage in the next few months.
Details of how such an occasion would work are not clear, but it would likely feature a small number of supporters being allowed into Celtic Park with social distancing and enhanced hygiene measures in place.
Our home game against Aberdeen on August 15th looks like the next obvious choice – but any potential Champions League qualifier could also be used later in the month.
So much is unclear. But what we now know, from McLaughlin’s tweet, is that Celtic vs Hamilton will be played with no Hoops supporters inside the ground.
Hopefully the 50,000 strong Celtic Park fanbase don’t miss too many other upcoming matches.