Celtic could be hosting 30,000 crowds at Celtic Park by the end of August, according to a report from The Scottish Daily Mail this week.
Journalist Stephen McGowan states that the club, in conjunction with the Scottish Rugby Union, employed outside consultants to help plan for the return of crowds at fixtures.
A reduction of the ‘two-metre rule’ is expected to be communicated by the Scottish Government at the start of next month and that means fans could be back in ‘bio-secure’ arenas within nine weeks.
The club could have the ability to bring tens of thousands into the ground, with Murrayfield similarly in a position to host larger than expected crowds this Autumn.
The Scottish Premiership season is set to commence from the first weekend in August and matches are expected to initially go ahead behind closed doors.
Clearly though there is major optimism that this won’t be a situation that goes on for too long.
It’s a major boost to season ticket holders who have renewed in good faith ahead of next week’s deadline.
Instead of facing months having to watch from home via a bespoke online streaming platform, they could have the opportunity to get into the ground safely and cheer on Neil Lennon’s Bhoys.
The key word there is safely and it has to be stressed this is all dependent on Scotland making further progress in the fight against the pandemic.
Right now things are heading in the right direction but as we’ve seen over the last few months, nothing can be taken for granted.
Even if there are no crowds of 30,000, this report demonstrates that some sort of crowd presence is likely in the Autumn at the latest if current trends and plans continue.