Celtic Park could have its capacity slashed next season, an anonymous SPFL insider has told The Scottish Sun.
As we know, football is currently suspended in Scotland, with no firm date of a return due to the ongoing public health crisis.
It’s hoped that the new season can at least kick-off after the summer, something that many fans will be looking forward to.
However, an SPFL source has warned that even if games are back on the schedule, Celtic Park could be a much different place for up to a year.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, they said: “It’s a major quandary – how you get people back into grounds when the restrictions are lifted.
“As things stand, the days of crowds of 50,000 at Ibrox and 60,000 at Celtic Park aren’t going to happen.
“From what the government are saying, we could have social distancing for another 6-12 months, which would mean people sitting three or four seats apart next season to adhere to the two-metre rule.
“There are a host of things to consider for when we are up and running again. What about turnstile queues? What about stewards doing body searches?”
It’s quite the insight into how things might play out.
The return of football is inevitable but, as laid out, it’s also likely that the government will have some strict guidance about the management of crowds and supporters.
This is a society-altering event and football will not be immune.
It could be quite a while until we experience the full force of 60,000 loud fans inside Celtic Park cheering on the Bhoys.
When that does come along, it’ll surely be a glorious and emotional moment.