Scottish Premiership clubs can return to training in June

The SPFL has set a 'firm target' of starting the new top flight season on the weekend of August 1.

Scottish Premiership clubs have been given permission to return to training from June 11.

The SPFL has set a “firm target” of starting the new top-flight season on the weekend of August 1.

Competitive professional sport can only restart in Scotland once the country reaches phase two in its routemap out of coronavirus lockdown.

Talks are ongoing about restarting football in the lower leagues.

Neil Doncaster, SPFL chief executive: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government have given the green light to the resumption of football training in June.

“We now have a firm target of starting the 2020/21 Premiership season on the weekend of August 1 and that’s a major step forward.

“We will continue working with the Championship, League 1 and League 2 to gauge their ability to start the season and if so, when – which may vary hugely between clubs.

“We clearly welcome the prospect of resuming matches, but we have to take all necessary steps to ensure we can have a sustainable league campaign.

“That means a safety-first approach, with games initially played behind closed doors and a range of measures to protect players and staff.

“The return of crowds is something we all want to see and we will be working with clubs, government and medical professionals to return safely to playing in front of fans as soon as we can.”

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