Former SFA chief executive Gordon Smith has unveiled a plan that would get fans back into Scottish football stadiums.

The vast majority of Scottish football clubs are waiting for Government approval to get fans back into the grounds. Smith, who was also for a brief spell director of football at Rangers, has outlined a plan for fans to return to clubs in stages, in conjunction with the Tier that the stadium finds itself in.

Comments follow SPFL statement on fan return

Smith’s comments come a few days after the SPFL released a statement calling for an emergency meeting with Nicola Sturgeon regarding the return of fans to Scottish football.

Pittodrie stands empty

Pittodrie stands empty (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I have been expressing for some time that we should operate on a percentage-based approach. If we relate that to the tier system in place then I would introduce a plan where Tiers 1 and 2 would be allowed 20 per cent of the stadium capacity, Tier 3 allowed 10 per cent and Tier 4 five per cent” (the Herald).


Fans would need to take precautions

Smith then described the precautions fans would have to take when entering and leaving a game.

St Johnstone vs Motherwell had no fans

St Johnstone vs Motherwell had no fans (Photo by Roddy Scott/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“Everyone would wear a mask and have their hands sanitised on entering and leaving the stadium. If required, they could also be advised to stand throughout the match. If seating was allowed then each person could wear a plastic cagoule if this was mandatory.”

“I truly believe this would work and government needs to realise that football is our national game and the main interest area of Scottish life” he concluded.

Smith’s plan is certainly an interesting one. Fans might not take kindly to having to wear a plastic cagoule to sit down. However, they could be swayed by the possibility of being allowed to stand.

Smith should at least submit his idea to the Scottish Government, and see what kind of response he gets.

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