Talks between the SPFL and Scottish government have been held about potential further test events for next weekend, according to the Daily Record.
The Record has reported that talks took place on Tuesday over plans to potentially get supporters through the turnstiles at Celtic Park next weekend. The Hoops take on Hibs in what is, as things stand, behind closed doors.
Motherwell vs Rangers has also been discussed as a potential test event, the Record believes.
The newspaper also states that there is hope that more successful test events will allow for a higher number of supporters being allowed through the gates when Celtic host Rangers on October 17.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon last week paused the phased return of football fans to stadiums until October 5th (Scottish Sun). However, it looks as though the SPFL may be trying to get ahead of things by putting forward further test events to help convince the government.
The more test events the better
It’s vital given what’s gone on in recent months that Scottish football continues to show itself in a positive light towards the government.
The more test events that football is allowed, the more confidence the game can help instill into the government of its ability to bring back supporters.
Celtic played in front of 300 fans against Ross County on Saturday whilst Aberdeen did the same at home to Kilmarnock. National Clinical Director Jason Leitch stated that the early indications are that those events were successful.
Speaking at the daily briefing yesterday, Leitch said: “We are expecting a report later this week – tomorrow maybe – on how those two test events went on Saturday. The early indications are they went very well, everybody followed the rules, everybody came in and left and transportation worked.”
Of course, for Celtic supporters, it will just be great to potentially get back into Parkhead and watch their team. Even though the numbers would start off at the 300 mark, it still bodes well for future decisions made by the government.
For now, we can only hope that Sturgeon and co will grant the game further permission to provide test events, which in turn will provide the government with further data. As for Celtic’s clash with Hibs, it’s a case of watch this space.