CELTIC chief executive Peter Lawwell has expressed his delight at the Scottish Government’s decision to allow fans back into football grounds.

Supporters will be allowed to be in attendance – following social-distancing guidelines – from Monday, September 14.

Test events could be allowed before that and, as CQN have reported over recent months, the champions have been pushing for some of those to take place at Parkhead.

Lawwell also promised to continue to work hard to getting Hoops supporters in safely and as soon as possible.

A club statement read: “Celtic are delighted with this positive development and are very appreciative that the Government has taken this important step.

“We would like to thank the Scottish Government, the SFA/SPFL Joint Response Group and everyone at the Club who have collaborated and worked so hard over these past few difficult months.

“It is our intention to get as many supporters as we can back into Celtic Park as soon as we can, within the guidance. However, the safety and security of our supporters is always our top priority, and we will communicate more on this as soon as possible.”

Scotland’s title kings kick off their bid for a historic 10 in a row when Hamilton Accies visit a closed-doors Parkhead for the 2020/21 Premiership opener.

The Hoops have home games against Livingston and Hibs in the two match days that immediately follow September 14.

Saturday, October 17 has been pencilled in for the first Glasgow derby against Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox side in the east end of Glasgow.

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