Rangers look set to receive another blow as National Clinical Director Jason Leitch has hinted that stadiums might not get to go back to full capacity when the season resumes on January 17.

The winter break was brought forward when a decision was made before Christmas due to the threat of the Covid-19 variant Omicron, which was spreading rapidly. The break was originally planned for three weeks from January 4 but was put in place following the Boxing Day fixtures.

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Capacities were also capped at 500 in a decision that wasn’t taken favourably by the majority of clubs.

With the Premiership due to start back next Monday, it was hoped that stadiums would once again be in full swing, yet comments from Leitch have hinted that they might not.


Jason Leitch speaks about restrictions

“I don’t think it’s earlier than we predicted, I think it’s exactly when we predicted.” Said Leitch when asked about whether the peak of Omicron had hit earlier than expected and if this could allow restrictions on sporting events to be eased [GoodMorningScotland].

“If you look at the modelling, we said mid to late January for the peak.

“But your fundamental question is fair: should we still be protecting the public from these case rates if they’re just going to go anyway?

“I think yes is the answer to that.” States Leitch.

These comments certainly hint that there won’t be anywhere near full capacities at stadiums in Scotland next week.

This decision is bound to cause debates across the Scottish footballing world, with many wanting to get back to matches and see their team live.

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It will be interesting to see if full crowds will be allowed back in once the Six Nations Championship starts at the beginning of February.

In other news, Rangers-linked Dutch star has been attracting attention from yet another Serie A side amid interest from the Gers.

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