Football fans could return to stadiums across Scotland as early as September as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon lays out a plan for limited spectators returning to matches at reduced capacity.

Clubs across the country are being adversely affected by the situation concerning the coronavirus shutdown of sport with many clubs reliant on the matchday income of fans to stay afloat.

Originally talking down the chances of a return before October, Sturgeon is hoping stadiums can open at reduced capacity from September 14th.

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Scotland’s Frist Minister has offered football fans hope they could return by mid-September (Photo by JEFF J MITCHELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“We hope that sports stadia will be able to open from that day with limited numbers of spectators albeit with physical distancing in place,” said Sturgeon [Herald].

“Some professional sports events may be arranged for spectators before then with Scottish government agreement to test the safety of any new arrangements.”

 

The First Minister also added that “if it is judged reasonable to do so, we will seek to accelerate this to the end of August”.

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This is a positive outcome for Rangers fans eager to get back into Ibrox to cheer on their side ahead of a crunch season in Scotland.

Rangers’ tie with Bayer Leverkusen on March 13th was the last football match to be played in front of crowds in Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Sport across the globe has been dramatically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with football grounds a particular danger due to the densely populated groupings of people they facilitate.

If fans are to return social distancing measures will be in place with supporters expected to wear face coverings.

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