Chris Sutton has endorsed Celtic in their attempt to get a larger crowd to Parkhead for their UCL qualifier against Midtjylland next week.
Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, said yesterday that just 2,000 people will be permitted inside football stadiums at level 0. Despite the fact that 12,000 Scotland supporters attended the Euros at Hampden, this is the case.
According to the Daily Record, Celtic CEO Dom McKay has submitted an application to bring 20,000 people inside Parkhead for next week’s qualifier. In order to get higher capacity levels recognised in Scotland, clubs must go through an application process.
And Sutton has indeed been expressing his thoughts on the announcement. After what’s been happening on in the UK this summer, it’s natural that he’s moved to support the club:
Of course, Celtic isn’t the only team that has sought to improve crowds. For contrast, Aberdeen expects 8,200 fans to attend its Europa League qualifier on Thursday.
And it’s possible that we’ll see this on a frequent basis before August 10th. Any Scottish club that wants to have a crowd of further than 2,000 people must go through the process. It will be interesting to see how strict it is.
Clubs will be allowed to hold capacity audiences from August 10th, with legal restrictions on Covid being lifted. However, given the current circumstances and the government’s desire for modest crowd sizes at events, you can easily see that changing.