Date: 1st August 2020 at 8:20am
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Neil Lennon is delighted that the Scottish Government has named a date for the return of fans.

From September 14 crowds will be able to attend sporting events with a phased return scheduled from the visit of Livingston next month.

The Scottish Government has been slow to ease Lockdown measures but on Thursday Nicola Sturgeon gave the message that everyone in the game was waiting for.

After facing Hamilton on Sunday Celtic have two more August matches with the prospect of just having a few thousand fans inside the stadium giving Lennon’s players a boost.

Matches in the EPL seemed artificial when they resumed in mid-June but with definite plans to allow fans back in everyone has been given a lift on the eve of the new season as the Celtic boss told The Sun:

It’s brilliant to have football back and I hope it stays that way. I think Scotland has dealt with the pandemic as well as anyone, but we are seeing the danger of a second spike in some other countries.

In the football industry, people have been working very hard in the background, covering all the bases in terms of safety, protocol and health.

The government here has done a fine job of protecting the public and the NHS as best they can.

I think it’s going to be quite poignant when the games start but it will be even better if and when we get supporters back in the stadiums. Looking at the English game, the novelty soon wears off after one or two games without crowds there.

Speaking to other coaches, the players down south have found it difficult at times, so that’s something we’ll have to keep an eye on but in terms of getting the game up and running again as best we can, it’s fantastic.

Celtic have sold 50,000 Season Tickets but those fans will be at home tomorrow when the action kicks off, waiting on news of when they can get back inside the stadium to cheer the team towards a 10th successive title.