Date: 30th June 2020 at 11:15pm
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Peter Lawwell has given his first one-to-one interview of 2020 to the Daily Record.

The Celtic CEO has been busy working with the Scottish Government to allow fans back into football matches with Keith Jackson breaking a number of exclusives on the issue.

In March the football authorities brought forward a Government decision to suspend football with the Holyrood Government taking the initiative since.

On June 10 players were allowed to resume solo training under the watch of coaches with full contact training permitted from the weekend.

Getting fans back inside Celtic Park is a critical issue with Celtic and the SRU at the forefront of discussions to allow fans back, initially with some test cases of very limited crowds.

The Record reports:

Speaking exclusively to Record Sport Lawwell said: “Nearly half of the nations in Europe are back playing with crowds so it’s a much more positive situation than it was just three or four weeks ago.

“We’re now seeing grounds in Denmark operating at 50 per cent capacity, Finland are up at 50 per cent and Holland hope to start on the first of September with 25 per cent. On the same day Denmark hope to get up to 100 per cent.

“These are all great signs of the progress being made around Europe and, here in Scotland, we have been working with the SRU to show that we can do something similar.

“We thank them for their help and we are working towards hosting a test event in a pre-season friendly towards the end of July. We hope we can work in collaboration with the SRU and the Government to get it up and running.”

Over the next fortnight pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will reopen provided suitable safety measures are installed. In August children will return to school.

Ensuring that fans can get back inside the stadium as soon as possible would be a major boost for sales of Season Tickets with Celtic extending their deadline to July 7.