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Celtic want fans in stadium for game next weekend

Club in talks with Scottish Government about Motherwell match being used as test event.

Celtic want some fans to be allowed into the stadium for next weekend’s game against Motherwell.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon gave the green light on Thursday for a limited amount of spectators to attend matches from September 14 as long as the spread of coronavirus stays under control.

She also said it was possible a test event could be held before then.

Scottish football has been played behind closed doors since the new season started earlier this month, as part of the bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon confirmed the club was talking to the Scottish Government after reports claimed the Premiership match on August 30 could be used as a test event.

Ahead of Saturday’s league trip to Dundee United, Lennon said: “It would be fantastic. The club are collaborating with the government to try to make this happen and, later on down the line, open the gates even more, so it would be brilliant.

“It is good having football back, but obviously that element is missing and it is a huge element in the game that we all want back, and that is the support.”

In response, a Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The route map for exiting lockdown gives an indicative date of September 14 for a limited reopening of stadiums, following guidance on physical distancing.

“That date is not confirmed, nor are any football test events at this stage.”