Nicola Sturgeon ‘to relax’ 500 fan limit on football matches and full crowds could be back from Celtic-Hibs next week


NICOLA STURGEON is set to give the green light to large crowds at Scottish football matches, it has been claimed.

Premiership clubs are returning from their winter break next week – with Celtic hosting Hibs on January 17.


Nicola Sturgeon provided an update on the mass rallies in the Scottish Parliament
Scottish football fans desperately want to start watching the games again


Scottish football fans desperately want to start watching the games again

They made the decision to start their midseason leave early after government bosses limited crowds at mass rallies to just 500 supporters from Boxing Day.

The Prime Minister said last week that those restrictions would remain in place until at least January 17.

And she’s set to clarify the position ahead of a full card of top-tier matches next week.

BBC political correspondent Nick Eardley has said she is expected to re-authorize “outdoor mass events”.

Eardley wrote on social media: “Nicola Sturgeon is updating Holyrood on the latest Covid restrictions this afternoon.

“The planned Scottish government will allow outdoor mass events again. Would allow the FBCL to return as planned on Monday.”

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While full details are not available until she speaks in Parliament after 2 p.m. today, it could mean a return to the FULL crowd, starting with next week’s clash between Celtic and Hibs – with the guidelines set for changing midnight before.

Although another possibility is a gradual return to full stadiums – with floor presences capped at first.

Rangers travel to Celtic on February 2, with Scotland also due to kick off their Six Nations rugby campaign early next month.

We told you how the Scottish clubs had considered playing games in England to try to bend the rules.

But clubs in the north of England or the Midlands could charge sums north of £ 250,000 for the privilege of using their pitches.

A group of Rangers fans have staged a protest in the Scottish Parliament over the government’s handling of Covid fan restrictions.

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