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Random spot-checks: Celtic announce vaccination plan

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Vaccination checks will be in place for Celtic fans before Tuesday’s Europa League tie against Ferencvaros.

Government legislation in Scotland for crowds of over 10,000 demand that only fans who have been double vaccinated can gain stadium access.

How that rule is applied is another matter with Celtic putting the onus on stewards to ensure that no unvaccinated fans are inside the stadium.

Tonight, Celtic announced:

Random spot checks will be carried out by stewards on approach to Celtic Park, in line with this Scottish Government guidance and all supporters attending must be prepared to provide proof of vaccination or exemption.

Please ensure you arrive as early as possible on matchday to avoid any delays in entering the stadium while these checks take place.

A daytime match should present less problems but the logistics of stewards checking fans outside the stadium seems open to interpretation.

Anyone could say that they are only going to the club shop rather than the stadium with a high level of training required by stewards to carry out the checks.

The new legislation will be in place at Ibrox on Saturday when Hearts visit, in theory it may have seemed like a sensible precaution but on the ground with 50,000 entering a stadium over a 30 minute period it is difficult to see how spot checks can be enforced.

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