Celtic ask for Scottish stadium fan pilots as crowds in England face October return

Celtic will kick off their title defence at an empty Celtic Park on 2 August

Celtic have warned Scottish football must not be “left behind” as fans in England are told they could return to stadiums from October.

On Friday Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed a plan to reopen grounds “in the autumn” with pilots from 1 August.

The Scottish Premiership season is due to start on that date behind closed doors.

Celtic have now asked that pilot schemes also be allowed by the Scottish government.

“We have discussed the idea of ‘pilot’ games with the Scottish government and believe it provides a safe, sensible way forward,” said Parkhead chief executive Peter Lawwell