Aberdeen, Celtic and St Mirren have rallied round the SPFL’s call for a meeting with First Minster Nicola Sturgeon.
The First Minster has been asked to have a meeting with the SPFL over the safe return of fans to football stadiums. Premiership sides in Aberdeen, Celtic and St Mirren are the first to publicly endorse this call.
Other clubs throughout the pyramid such as Raith Rovers and Peterhead have shared the message sent by the SPFL to the Scottish Government, in which they ask Sturgeon to follow the steps England’s government has, in providing a pathway for fans to return to stadia.
“We are now calling on the First Minister to do the right thing by Scotland’s hard-pressed football supporters,” said SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster. “If it’s good enough for English fans, it must be good enough for Scottish fans.
“If the First Minister refuses to allow football fans all over Scotland to watch their beloved teams in carefully-regulated, limited numbers, complete with track and trace, she will have to explain to them the clinical difference between Scottish fans and English fans.
“Make no mistake, failure to get fans back in the very near future will sound the death knell for some of our best-loved clubs and no-one wants that.
“The First Minister alone has the opportunity to put a smile on the faces of Scottish football fans and give them a much-needed early Christmas present and we are calling for meaningful, urgent engagement.”
The Dons responded to the message, saying: “Aberdeen FC welcomes the SPFL’s letter to the First Minister and stands behind the unequivocal message that if we don’t have a clear plan for getting fans back sooner rather than later, Scottish football will be severely damaged with repercussions for clubs, the national game, jobs and livelihoods, community projects, mental health and wellbeing.
St Mirren added that it ‘fully supports these calls for the safe return of football fans to stadiums’ while Celtic state ‘the club is committed to working with the football authorities and the Scottish Government to welcome supporters back to football as quickly and as safely as possible.’