Report: Celtic among those "warned" in fresh SFA/SPFL letter

By Hamish Carton

July 23, 2020

Celtic and the rest of the Premiership risk losing their right to play if Covid-19 testing rules are not met – according to the BBC.

The outlet have seen a fresh letter from the SFA/SPFL Joint Response Group to clubs, in which paramount importance is placed on testing rules.

The BBC say top-flight clubs “have been warned they risk their right to play” if testing isn’t carried out properly.

The letter says: “Any failure to adhere to the agreed testing protocol will risk removal by the Scottish government of the approval for the dispensation given to Premiership clubs compared to the general public in Scotland.

SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“Continued positive relations with Scottish government are particularly important as the Joint Response Group works to progress plans with the government to permit spectators to attend matches.”

Yesterday, a friendly between Rangers and Motherwell was delayed due to late test results, while another game between Ross County and Hibernian was cancelled.

If clubs can handle testing then fans might not be far away

The BBC article also details that clubs must carry out the test no later than 7 days after the previous one, and only players with a negative test may play in any fixture.

This is stuff the clubs will be well aware of. But it does no harm to reinforce the point.

Fans were allowed at our recent game against PSG (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Hopefully there are no errors from clubs and players in the early stages of the season.

If they can prove that competitive matches can take place without incident, then it may not be too long before fans are allowed back into games.

While the national cases remain low, there is real cause for optimism.