Celtic Park is likely to be used as a ‘test event’ next month as crowds return to professional sport in Scotland.
In March Scottish Football’s Joint Response Group put the game into suspension ahead of the Scottish Government with Celtic and the Scottish Rugby Union leading the dialogue to reopen sport to fans.
Celtic Park and Murrayfield are the biggest sports arenas in the country with the authorities looking on with interest as non-essential shops re-open with restaurants, pubs and hairdressers scheduled to re-open over the next fortnight.
Rather than start the new season with matches played Behind Closed Doors measures are being taken to bring back fans with a phased opening of Celtic Park part of the plans to kick-start sport.
Covering discussions with the Scottish Government, the Daily Record reports:
An SRU source told us last night: “This has the potential to be a hugely significant breakthrough as far as professional sport in this country is concerned. Our own detailed proposals for August 22 sill be submitted to the government in the next week or so.
“Football would like to work to a slightly different, accelerated timescale and we have been working hand in glove with Celtic to put these plans together. It could be the first test event would take place at Celtic Park before the date proposed for BT Murrayfield.”
With the SPFL season starting on August 1 Celtic will be looking to get their test event in before the competitive action, and Season Tickets become valid.
Celtic Park is more than 90% full for most matches but other Premiership clubs could host their normal attendances with less than 50% of available capacity.