Scotland’s top-flight clubs will meet in Glasgow on Wednesday to discuss how the winter break can be brought forward. The meeting between Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen is also expected to consider a similar move north of the border as well as other changes that would benefit their respective seasons.
The “Scottish Premiership clubs meet for talks on bringing forward winter break” is the title of a story that discusses how Celtic and other Scottish Premiership clubs met to discuss how they could bring forward their winter break.
Only 500 people are expected to attend the Old Firm encounter between Celtic and Rangers on January 2.
In the next 48 hours, a decision on whether or not the Scottish Premiership winter break will be pushed forward is anticipated.
The majority of top-flight teams voted on Tuesday night to move the mid-season break from January 4 to January 20 to a Boxing Day start.
The SPFL board, though, will make the ultimate judgment.
Celtic, Hibernian, and Motherwell made public with their wish to reschedule the break to prevent games being disrupted by capped capacity before to the hurriedly scheduled meeting, which included SPFL management.
The Scottish government’s restrictions are being applied for three weeks due to an increase in Covid-19 Omicron instances, according to first minister Nicola Sturgeon.
During this time, three complete fixture cards are planned, including New Year derbies in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dundee.
The winter break is set to begin on January 4th, with Hibs being the first club back in Scottish Cup play on January 20th.
“Everyone at Celtic recognizes the challenges posed by the current pandemic to society, and the health and safety of all must always be our top priority,” Celtic said. Celtic travel to St Johnstone before hosting Hibs and then Rangers after Wednesday’s visit to St Mirren, which is not subject to the new crowd restrictions.
“The game owes it to fans to investigate all options in order to maximize the chances of all fans being able to attend games and support the game they love.”
“It is a terrible blow for fans who have gone through so much and depend on football as a manner of sustaining themselves emotionally with some normalcy and release,” Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows said of the new measures.
“We should begin the winter break immediately, and reschedule these games so that all fans have the opportunity to attend at a later period when perhaps the limitations will be lifted.”
“We placed our facilities and platform at the disposal of the local health authority at that period to guarantee that as many booster vaccines as feasible may be provided.”
Bringing the break forward, according to Hibs, “would maintain the integrity of the competition and prevent teams from the possible loss of significant cash.”
Aberdeen has projected that home games against Dundee and Rangers would cost them £500,000.
Callum Davidson, manager of St Johnstone, said: “Obviously, we want the games to carry on as much as possible, but you never know how serious Covid will be in three weeks. That is the only problem. It’s possible that we’ll be gone for six weeks.”
The first minister also indicated that a one-metre social separation would be implemented, in addition to greatly lowered crowd limitations.
The Scottish FA/Scottish Professional Football League Joint Response Group (JRG) issued a statement that did not mention any prospective match postponements, instead expressing sympathies with clubs and fans.
The organization is also in talks with the Scottish government to guarantee that any lost revenue for clubs as a result of the new rules be reimbursed, according to the statement.
“Today’s announcement will come as a shock to clubs and supporters throughout the nation, who simply could not have done more to combat the current epidemic,” said SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster.
“Our clubs have swiftly and efficiently adjusted to past limitations, and we will work with them in the coming days to adopt the recommendations from today’s statement.”
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