Celtic and the rest of the Scottish Premiership clubs are set to hold a summit in the next week, the Scottish Sun reports.

The goal of the summit, which will be chaired by Hibs chief executive Leann Dempster, will be on dealing with the ongoing pandemic crisis which is affecting the Scottish game.

The clubs, the report disclosed, are set to work on new proposals about getting fans back into stadiums as soon as it can be arranged.

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There will also be discussions of financial help from the government for clubs. SPFL and SFA chiefs Neil Doncaster and Ian Maxwell will also be involved in the Zoom call.

The issue of getting fans back into stadiums is paramount to football. Therefore, it is no surprise to see that a summit is set to take place.


Phased return of fans cancelled

First minister Nicola Sturgeon recently announced, as reported by The Scottish Sun, that the phased return of fans to grounds from the 5th of October will not go ahead, thanks to new lockdown arrangements.


Celtic Park has been empty so far this season

Celtic Park has been empty so far this season / (Photo by Andrew Milligan/Pool via Getty Images)

It will be interesting to find out what Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell brings up at the summit. He will obviously be in favour of getting some fans back at Celtic Park as soon as possible.

Lawwell will perhaps point to the success of the pilot games which took place earlier this month. One of those involved Celtic – the game against Ross County.

No test games for foreseeable future

That seemed to go well. However, at the moment there will be no further test matches for the foreseeable future.

Celtic celebrate a goal against Ross County

Celtic celebrate a goal against Ross County / (Photo by Paul Campbell/Getty Images)

Perhaps we will find out what the clubs plan to do about getting fans back into stadiums after this summit. Scottish football is rarely ever united about anything. However, it would be useful if the 12 Premiership clubs came up with one plan about returning fans to the game, and presented it to the Scottish government.

Whether the government would support the plan is another matter entirely. Still, it is promising that the clubs are uniting to hold this summit. Hopefully something useful comes out of it.

In other news, John Egan has defended Shane Duffy’s decision to join Celtic.


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