Sturgeon sets date for Celtic Park reopening, as Champions League dream emerges

By Hamish Carton

July 30, 2020

Celtic’s home match against Livingston in September could see some fans back at Celtic Park.

That’s after Nicola Sturgeon said sports stadia could reopen “with limited spectators” from September 14th.

Radio Clyde News tweeted the encouraging update just after lunchtime on Thursday.

What would this mean for Celtic Park?

Neil Lennon’s men have three home league games scheduled prior to the Livingston one, with Hamilton, Aberdeen and Motherwell all due to visit an empty Celtic Park in the coming weeks.

However, a 14th September start date would mean that some Hoops fans could be in attendance for the derby against Rangers on October 17th.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been discussing the return of football crowds (Photo by Fraser Bremner – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It would also mean that Celtic Park could have fans inside for any Champions League or Europa League group stage match – should we make it to the groups of either competition.

UEFA have already said that every qualifier will be played with no fans, apart from the final round of Champions League qualifying. (Daily Record)

That, coupled with the Scottish Government’s announcement, means that we could have fans in Parkhead for the Champions League Playoff Round, should we make it that far.

The lights of Celtic Park (Photo by Alex Livesey – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

It’s not yet clear how many supporters will be allowed inside grounds at first, but you would expect the number to be very small as the government continue to take cautious steps.

Nonetheless, this is very positive news.

In other news, Celtic will give supporters a final chance to test their virtual season ticket tonight – as they show an iconic recent Hoops victory.