CELTIC have released a statement this afternoon applauding the decision by the Scottish Government to begin the planning for supporters to return to grounds. Celtic supporters are resigned to the 10IAR season starting behind closed doors.
In the statement released on the club website, Celtic have confirmed their delight at the update that could mean supporters are back at Paradise on September 14.
“Celtic are delighted with this positive development and are very appreciative that the Government has taken this important step. We would like to thank the Scottish Government, the SFA/SPFL Joint Response Group and everyone at the Club who have collaborated and worked so hard over these past few difficult months.
“It is our intention to get as many supporters as we can back into Celtic Park as soon as we can, within the guidance. However, the safety and security of our supporters is always our top priority, and we will communicate more on this as soon as possible.”
Earlier this month, Peter Lawwell released a statement urging the government to follow the lead of the UK Gov and other European nations in deciding to commit to test events in order to bring about the return of supporters to games.
Celtic played in Paris in front of 5000 fans during a test event but nothing comes close to getting to a game yourself. Something that the club are keen to do; especially with everything that is at stake this season.
Celtic kickoff the league season with Saturday’s late afternoon kickoff versus Hamilton. The club are currently in full flow recruiting players for the start of the season. Vasilias Barkas has signed, just in time for the game at the weekend, becoming the club’s new number one.