The Scottish Government has rejected a request from Celtic to use Sunday’s match against Motherwell as a trial to bring back supporters to football matches.
Limited numbers will be permitted to attend public sports events from September 14 but Celtic’s plan for a dry run this weekend have been rejected.
It’s understood that only 1,000 fans were to be involved in Sunday’s trial but BBC reporter Chris McLaughlin broke the news that the plan won’t be going ahead.
— Chris McLaughlin (@BBCchrismclaug) August 26, 2020
Celtic have had plans in place since the end of July for limited numbers of supporters to attend a home match for the first time since March 7 when close to 60,000 watched the hoops beat St Mirren 5-0.
Today’s decision is a blow for Peter Lawwell who has been pushing for the return of fans with 50,000 fans paying out for Season Tickets.
Sunday’s match will be on the virtual Season Ticket with the club having to look against at ways of having a phased return for supporters to football matches.
From Monday indoor gyms will be open to the public but it seems that football grounds will remain out of bounds for a few more weeks.