Fans to return to Scottish Open golf next month; ball now in Celtic's court

By Hamish Carton

September 18, 2020

Hopes of fans returning to Celtic Park next month have received a boost with the news that spectators will be allowed at the Scottish Open golf event next month.

Neil Lennon’s Hoops haven’t played in front of fans in Glasgow since early March, and will face Livingston behind closed doors tomorrow.

It seems increasingly unlikely that Celtic fans will be in place for the derby against Rangers on October 17th.

However this news, as per the Scottish Open’s website, shows that the government are willing to grant “pilot” events next month.

The Renaissance Club in East Lothian / (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

The article says that 650 spectators will be permitted per day at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian.

The tournament runs from October 1st-4th, more than two weeks prior to the derby game at Celtic Park.

Golf test event has set a precedent

Interestingly, all spectators will have to be “daily general access ticket holders from Edinburgh and the Lothians”.

On the face of it, golf does seem a little safer than football to introduce spectators.

The course is out in the open, while football grounds are more enclosed and over a smaller area.

However, the government’s decision to allow this test event has set a precedent. It shows that they’re willing to get spectators back to live sport next month.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon / (Photo by Fraser Bremner – Pool/Getty Images)

Celtic should now latch on to it and request that our stadium is used as a test event on the day of the derby.

Even getting around 650 fans into Celtic Park would give the players some kind of boost for the visit of our rivals.

Football has been pretty nice to the government in recent months. Yes, it is a trying time for all concerned.

But maybe it’s time we demanded to be placed on an equal footing with the likes of golf and rugby.

In other news, Celtic’s Europa League fate became clearer on Friday