Many Rangers fans will be forced to watch the upcoming Old Firm match with Celtic from the comfort of their own homes after new lockdown restrictions were introduced in Scotland.

Due to a surge in coronavirus cases, the Scottish government have ordered all licensed premises in five separate health board areas to close for 16 days starting from Friday 10th October.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the new lockdown restrictions in the Scottish Government today. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

This means that all licensed premises in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley – with the exception of hotels – must shut until Sunday 25th October.

Cafes which don’t have an alcohol license will be able to stay open until 6pm to support anyone suffering from social isolation.

Across the rest of the country, bars and restaurants will be allowed to operate indoors on a restricted basis.

During the day, they can open between the hours of 6am and 6pm for the service of food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Hotel restaurants can operate beyond 6pm but only for residents and without the sale of alcohol.

Bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes can continue to serve alcohol outdoors up to the existing curfew time of 10pm.

This will remain subject to the maximum of six people from two households per part.

Read more about the restrictions via BBC Scotland.

On top of this, Scottish people are still prevented from visiting each other’s homes as per guidelines released last month.

With the Old Firm set to take place on the 17th of October, this is right in the middle of the period outlined by the Scottish government.

Many Rangers and Celtic fans will need to watch the match from the comfort of their own homes. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The decision also almost certainly quashes the suggestion the match could be played in front of a small crowd.

Rangers fans from these areas – or who don’t have access to a pub with outdoor televisions outwith the five areas in question – will need to get used to the idea they’ll be watching the game at home.

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