SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell has provided a positive update regarding fears over the upcoming Rangers Celtic Old Firm match amid the threat of tighter restrictions.

There have been growing fears about the Old Firm match on October 17th amid talk of a “circuit-breaker lockdown” north of the border as coronavirus cases continue to rise.

SFA chief Ian Maxwell is confident football will continue even if further lockdown restrictions are imposed. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But according to BBC Scotland, Maxwell is “confident professional football in Scotland will be allowed to continue even if there is a further tightening of current restrictions.”

The SFA chief has also rubbished the notion that it could be six months before we see the return of fans to football stadiums.

Rangers fans have been locked out of Ibrox ever since they fell to a 3-1 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League in Marcg with the original date for a phased return pushed back amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

According to Maxwell, Scotland’s sports minister Joe Fitzpatrick has “assured” him that clubs are not working to that timescale.

“He was clear on that. He sees potentially something happening much sooner,” said Maxwell.

“It’s obviously dependent on the prevalence of the virus decreasing.

“He is going to come back to us with what that actually looks like, because we need to know what those numbers need to get to before we can allow that just to give everyone clarity.”

The SFA chief was also speaking as Scottish clubs – particularly in the lower leagues – face financial ruin amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Maxwell has moved to reassure fans that discussions over a sports bail-out are already underway.

Rangers fans have also been handed a boost in their quest to get back into Ibrox. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“The sports minister outlined that he’s been in detailed conversations with his UK counterpart around a funding package for sport and under that there will be a Barnet Consequential that comes up to Scotland,” Maxwell added.

“We were obviously making the case for that money to be diverted into Scottish football to help safeguard the future of the member clubs.”

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