Scotland’s Interim Chief Medical Officer has sent a message to Scottish football fans as Hearts kick off the Championship season tonight and the Old Firm goes on at Celtic Park.

It’s a big weekend for the SPFL as all four leagues take place for the first time since March. Hearts face Dundee this evening at Tynecastle before the rest of the Championship, League One and League Two fixtures begin. In the top flight, Celtic face Rangers alongside a full card of games.

Hearts return tonight whilst Celtic v Rangers is tommorow. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It’s raised concerns about the potential of house gatherings for these big matches for several teams. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on Sky Sports to show the Celtic Park clash for free to help ease these worries.

Warnings have been sent as fans of all teams across the SPFL watch from home with supporters still locked out of stadiums due to Covid-19.

Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith has urged fans to be mindful of the current situation this weekend: “We know it has been really hard for supporters to not be able to attend matches or meet in each other’s homes.

Fans remained locked out. (Photo by Alex Morton/Getty Images)

“We also know the highest risk places for transmission are where people gather together. Once the virus gets into your house, it’s most likely it will infect others in your home, which is why it’s vital we all protect each other by continuing to follow physical distancing guidance and avoid non-essential travel this weekend.

“I want to thank everyone who has been following the guidance, and the SPFL for their support. The less chance we give this virus to spread through our communities, the faster we can contain it and start to ease restrictions, allowing the quicker return of supporters to stadiums.

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