The Scottish Government guidance that could allow thousands of Celtic fans to return

By Hamish Carton

June 18, 2021

Earlier this week, Celtic launched ‘My Celtic Matchday’ – as the club gear up to welcome supporters back to Celtic Park.

The service will help the club to “understand the desired requirements for each Season Ticket holder” ahead of a phased return of fans. (Official Celtic website)

The club say they are “planning for the return of supporters” with our first home game of the new season now in less than a month.

Scott Sinclair will return to Celtic Park next month with Preston (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic gave off a generally positive vibe in the Tuesday release, but the reality is that we are still a long way from seeing Paradise full again.

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At present, Glasgow finds itself in COVID-19 Protection Level 2. That means that Celtic Park could expect to welcome 500 fans if we had a game tomorrow.

Should Glasgow drop to Level 1, then 1000 fans would be permitted. At Level 0, 2000 fans could return.

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These numbers aren’t totally appetising, especially when tens of thousands have watched multiple matches at Euro 2020 so far.

Hampden Park had just under 10,000 in attendance for Scotland’s defeat to the Czech Republic on Monday.

This was after the Scottish Government gave approval to the proposals in April. (iNews)

Celtic would also have the opportunity to make such a proposal, with the Scottish Government’s website actually alluding to the opportunity.

Celtic Park will welcome fans back this season / (Photo by RUSSELL CHEYNE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Under the ‘Stadia and Events sub-category” it reads: “Guidance is being produced which may allow higher capacities to be agreed with the local authority/ Scottish Government depending on the event.”

Celtic failed with a test proposal last August (BBC) but with a vaccine now in operation, you would hope for a little more leniency this time around.

Of course, beggars can’t be choosers. After going through an entire season of closed-door matches, any fans inside Celtic Park will be a welcome boost.

But wouldn’t it be excellent if a sizeable Hoops support could usher in the Ange Postecoglou era against FC Midtjylland.

In other news, Chris Sutton and Ally McCoist reckon Steve Clarke should deploy James Forrest against England tonight