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SPFL push Scottish Government for fans return from November 6

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The SPFL is pushing for the return of fans in limited numbers with the Daily Record claiming that three fixtures on November 6 could have supporters present.

Celtic are at home to Sparta Prague the previous night before travelling to Motherwell two days later but with North Lanarkshire likely to be placed in Tier 4 in guidelines published later today the Fir Park clash is unlikely to become a Test Event.

The report claims that clubs in Tier 2 are pushing for the return of supporters in limited numbers which is likely to mean crowds returning at Ross County, Aberdeen, St Johnstone and Dundee United. Since March 13 there has only been two matches played in front of fans with 300 allowed in to see Celtic at Ross County on September 12 with 300 fans watching Aberdeen against Kilmarnock the same day.

No follow up events have been agreed by the Scottish Government since then with clubs frustrated that indoor areas such as cinemas and gyms are open to all while fans with full contact details are banned from watching in an open air venue.

Covering the issue The Record caught up with an SPFL source who told them:

There’s a lot of anger about the government’s proposals and, in particular, the plans to keep all fans locked out even for those clubs in tier two.

When you consider that tier two allows amusement arcades and cinemas to stay open you can understand why football feels so aggrieved.

When you consider that cinemas are able to screen our games live it becomes absurd. How can it possibly be safer for fans to watch matches in an enclosed space rather than outdoors inside a stadium?

It’s like a bad joke and no one is laughing. We are hoping that government can be made to see sense, even at this late stage.

Formal talks are planned between the Joint Response Group and the Scottish Government on Friday, Celtic’s next home SPFL match is on December 6 when St Johnstone visit.

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