Details included in the Scottish government lockdown routemap released on Thursday suggest that the SPFL could resume in Phase Two and fans return in Phase Four.

All professional and grassroots football was halted in mid-March amid the global health crisis and all four national divisions have now been brought to a conclusion.

Rangers vs Bayer Leverkusen was one of the last events to take place in the UK prior to the lockdown. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Premiership was the last league to be ended, with a decision made on Monday afternoon.

All clubs had agreed there was no realistic prospect of completing the 2019/20 campaign and the SPFL determined final standings on a points per game basis, declaring Celtic champions and relegating Hearts.

The current plan is to begin the 2020/21 season on schedule in August.

All decisions will be subject to government approval, though, and the lockdown routemap released on Thursday afternoon provides an idea of how things will progress.

It’s asserted that in Phase Two, we will see the ‘resumption of professional sport in line with public health advice’. At that point, all matches would have to be played behind closed doors.

The Scottish government roadmap makes it clear that it’ll be some time before Ibrox reopens to supporters. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In Phase Three, some live events will be permitted with ‘restricted numbers’, but it’s only during Phase Four when there is ‘further relaxation of restrictions on live events in line with public health advice’, that crowds may be able to return to stadia.

No dates have been attached to the transitions between stages as decisions will be made based on infection levels. Phase One, however, will begin on 28 May.

Football may still be some way away and it will be considerably longer before turnstiles are in operation again but this update provides some clarity on how society will reopen over the coming months.

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