ALMOST 17,000 Celtic fans have overwhelmingly called for the right to be allowed to attend games at Parkhead.

Precisely 99.5 per cent of the 16,980 season ticket holders who took part in a survey conducted by the club said they were ready to return on matchday.

Ninety-nine per cent said they would be willing to complete a coronavirus health screening questionnaire while 86 per cent said they would attend even if they were allocated a seat in another part of the stadium.

Hoops followers last watched the champions in action on Saturday March 7 when Leigh Griffiths rattled in a hat-trick in the 5-0 win over St Mirren before the game went into cold storage a week later.

The players have been performing to closed grounds since then and that will also be the case when Steven Gerrard brings his Ibrox outfit to the east end of Glasgow on Saturday.

A spokesman told the official club website: “We would like to sincerely thank our season ticket holders for their fantastic level of engagement in this survey.

“The information will be crucial to us as we look ahead to a safe supporter return to Celtic Park. The survey demonstrates an over-riding willingness of fans to get back to Celtic Park when safe and to adhere to a wide range of safety measures as part of any return.

“Celtic has already worked tirelessly on establishing protocols for the safe return of supporters to Celtic Park. We have submitted detailed proposals to Government in terms of firstly establishing test events and we will continue to work with football’s Joint Response Group and all other relevant authorities as we move forward.

“We fully appreciate a return will be led by wider considerations, however when we are given the green light, then we are ready to go.

“We are grateful for the wonderful support and involvement from our fans. We also understand that many of our fans and indeed all our communities continue to face major challenges against the backdrop of the pandemic – something we do not underestimate.”

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