Celtic Park will be one of the largest venues in Scotland that will be subject to Vaccine Passports as of the beginning of October; however, the Scottish footballing authorities released a statement via the Joint Response Group in relation to COVID-19 urging for more direction from the Scottish Government. Some supporters are worried that they will be unable to attend games given their lack of a vaccination for whatever reason. The SPFL & SFA have asked for more information but stated their concerns at this stage.
“The JRG reiterated its view that a system of spot-checks is the only pragmatic and workable solution to the numerous practical challenges surrounding implementation of the Scottish Government’s plans within Scottish football.
“The JRG sought clarity on the operational detail which clubs, football bodies and stadium operators will be expected to implement from 1st October.
“At both meetings, the Scottish Government representatives acknowledged they were not yet in a position to provide the detail necessary for clubs to begin their implementation planning.
“With just over two weeks until the system is scheduled to commence in football stadia across the country, we reiterated our concern at the lack of detail available and reinforced the requirement that this information be confirmed as soon as possible.”
Venues hosting more than 10,000 will require the Vaccine Passports, confirming supporters’ status regarding COVID-19 vaccination. However, the Scottish Government are yet to announce what this system will look like. Celtic face Real Betis in Seville next week before a trip to Livingston. Thereafter, there are three home games before the end of the month – Raith Rovers in the Cup, Dundee United in the League before facing Bayer Leverkusen in The Europa League. This will take Celtic up to the end of the month and after this, it is unclear how returning to games will look for those that are unvaccinated.