Hopeful response over possibility of Scottish football crowds returning for start of next season

Jason Leitch is cautiously optimistic that supporters will be allowed back into grounds for the beginning of next season as he warned against any further incidents that could put a swift return in jeopardy.

Saturday, 27th March 2021, 1:35 pm
Scotland's clinical director Jason Leitch. Picture: Getty

Scotland’s clinical director is still unsure whether grounds will be allowed at full capacity in late July, when the Scottish Premiership 2021/22 season will kick off, but does foresee some leeway with large outdoor events, including Glasgow music festival TRNSMT, as Covid-19 cases continue to fall.

He told Off The Ball when asked if both could go ahead: "I think the basic answer is yes but I'm not sure what form they will take.

"They are both outdoors, the football and the TRNSMT festival, they are both manageable, you control the crowds, you can control the queues, all of that.

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"But I'm just not sure if it will look like we hope it looks, that the stadia are full and the TRNSMT festival has it's normal thousands and thousands of people.

"I can't know for sure yet what distancing, what restrictions there will be in July and then in September.

"Of course, the trick though, and this is the important public health message, the trick is the way to get them normal is to get incidents down in March.

"Everything is about driving the incidents down now by following the restrictions. Not pushing the boundaries, not trying to find ways to move beyond what you are allowed.

"And that then makes the July season tickets more likely and the TRNSMT festival more likely."

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