Ian Maxwell hopeful Celtic fans will be back at Parkhead in less than six months

By John Reid

October 7, 2020

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell is confident that football fans, including those at Celtic Park, will be able to return to stadiums in less than six months time, the Daily Record reports.

Maxwell detailed what was discussed in the meeting he had on Monday with the Scottish government sports minister Joe FitzPatrick.

As reported by BBC Sport in September, fans in England may not be able to return to sporting events before the end of March. However, Maxwell confirmed that in Scotland this is not the case.

“Potentially something happening much sooner”

“He (FitzPatrick) sees potentially something happening much sooner (than March). It’s obviously dependent on the prevalence of the virus decreasing” Maxwell said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

Celtic Park will welcome fans back one day / (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

“He is going to come back to us with what that actually looks like, because we need to know what those numbers need to get to before we can allow that just to give everyone clarity” he concluded.

Obviously the government will be taking its time with the return of fans of stadiums. However, it is a promising sign that at least some fans could be in Celtic Park before the potential English timeframe of six months.

Hoops board will have paid close attention to meeting

Of course, there will be a variety of factors to take into account before the stadium is even 10% full. The government and football authorities no doubt discussed those issues at the meeting. The Celtic board no doubt have paid close attention to the outcome of the meeting.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The club has so far been thwarted in its attempts to hold a test event for fans at Celtic Park. However, Maxwell’s comments could perhaps lead to Celtic having a test event for the support maybe before the end of the year.

It will still be a while yet before fans return to Celtic Park you would think. However, the Celtic support should be cautiously optimistic about Maxwell’s comments. Hopefully by the end of the season at least some fans could be in Celtic Park to see the Hoops celebrate winning 10 in a row.

In other news, Celtic have held talks with the government about Odsonne Edouard.