Celtic given approval for full capacity at Parkhead

Celtic said they have been 'working relentlessly' to bring their supporters back.

Celtic given approval for full capacity at Parkhead SNS Group

Celtic have confirmed they have been given the green light to have a full capacity at Celtic Park from next week.

It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that Scotland will move out of the Covid levels system on Monday, with most restrictions being ended.

Rangers had earlier said that Ibrox stadium will be at full capacity “going forward” subject to conditions set out by the Safety Advisory Group of Glasgow City Council.

Celtic are set to take on FK Jablonec in Glasgow’s East End in a Europa League qualifier next Thursday.

In a statement on their website, Celtic said that they had been “working relentlessly” to bring supporters back.

The club wrote: “We are delighted to announce that we have received confirmation from the local Safety Advisory Group that following Tuesday’s Scottish Government announcement and positive reviews of recent matches and associated protocols, full capacity crowds will now be permitted at Celtic Park from Monday, August 9 onwards.

“It has been too long since we have heard the roar of a packed Paradise, and we cannot wait to welcome you home to Celtic Park.

“We have been working relentlessly behind the scenes to bring our supporters back, and we are thrilled to finally be able to make this announcement.

“Once again we would like to thank you for your assistance and cooperation in working within the established matchday protocols, something which has been crucial in delivering this attendance.”

Celtic chief executive Dom McKay said: “I would like to thank our fans for all the fantastic support they have given us in reaching these levels. I would especially like to thank our staff for their tireless efforts and hard work in getting us to this stage.

“Our team have been a leading force in Scottish sport, writing and exercising protocols and procedures to allow us to return to train and play.”

He told supporters: “Now, through their hard work and leadership, we are finally welcoming you, our fans, back where you belong.

“I must also thank the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and the Safety Advisory Group for all their cooperation.”