Sir Alex Ferguson has watched Manchester United in a ‘ghost town’ this season – and the Scottish football icon says it would be great to have fans in for Scotland’s matches at Euro 2020.

The nation is looking forward to its first major tournament since 1998 this summer, Steve Clarke’s side kicking off against Czech Republic in 50 days time on June 14th. Ferguson has been watching Manchester United inside Old Trafford without fans this season.

Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping for Hampden fans after his Manchester United experience.

Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping for Hampden fans after his Manchester United experience. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

That experience has left him in no doubt that Hampden Park – which will host two of Scotland’s Euro 2020 matches – needs fans (Scotland NT): “It could be the boost the nation needs. It’s been a long process in lockdown. I go to watch Manchester United at Old Trafford – it’s a ghost town – there’s no atmosphere whatsoever.

“The search for the past year has been to find a way to get fans back in. What fans really are is the history of your family. Your grandfather took your dad to the games, your father took you to the games. It’s a great boost for the kids going to see their country and their local team again. Getting them back creates a future.


“We have seen the rising toll of deaths and getting Covid-19 – it hasn’t been an easy time. I stayed in the house every day from March 15th to June last year. I never left the house. But I had to do that. Because I knew it was important to get through this. Now everyone has a release to walk about, it’s about getting back to normal.

“It might not be immediate but the future is looking brighter, much brighter. I think the fans, the Glaswegians, will recognise that.”

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