Celtic, Rangers sweat French friendlies as clubs face horror


Scottish football’s hopes of rising and running behind closed doors as soon as this weekend is again hanging in the balance Record Sport understands that a number of pre-season friendly matches have been staged between the top flight clubs – with the Rangers hoping to welcome Hamilton to their Auchenhowie training base on Friday.

Dundee United’s new boss Micky Mellon is also set to begin his reign at Tannadice with a rebound game against Motherwell on Saturday.

But those plans remained on the back burner last night as FBCL continued to wait for government approval for the matches to start again.

Celtic escaped from the border to set up a training base at Loughborough University but, with his rivals from the Old Firm Rangers, is also waiting for Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon to give the green light for an international trip that would allow the two clubs to go to France. participate in a mini tournament with Lyon and Nice without having to place the players in a period of isolation.

Celtic is also expected to play against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on July 21, but it should be played behind closed doors.

However, all of this will depend on whether the FM will align Scotland on Downing Street’s plans to introduce airlift with a number of specified countries across Europe.

Sturgeon insisted at yesterday’s daily briefing that she would not just endorse the British government’s proposals to allow quarantine travel.

It is widely expected that she will travel to and from France on a clear Thursday when she announces a further relaxation to the coronavirus lock.

And this would allow the two great Glasgow to resume their activities across the Channel.

But the rest of the Scottish elite are still waiting to know when they will be allowed to release the ball after another day of deadlock yesterday.

Football was expected to receive the green light to return behind closed doors after further talks between Holyrood and the football authorities.

But, after no agreement was reached, the clubs remained sweaty as to whether or not they could continue with their pre-season plans this weekend.

A top flight club told us last night, “The clock is ticking and we’re all looking for clarity. The season is slated to start in just over three weeks from now, but it has yet to receive the government’s blessing.

“And friendlies are scheduled for this weekend, but we do not know if they can go ahead or not, even if they will be in camera and the testing regime has been rigorous. It’s a mess, but we’ll just have to cross our fingers to get positive news in the coming days. ”

Ironically, as Celtic and the Scottish Rugby Union await approval to host “test events” in front of a limited crowd over the next two months, Lyon plans to leave 4,500 of its own supporters in the Groupama stadium with a capacity 60,000 people for matches against The Big Two from Glasgow as an experiment before the new Ligue 1 season.


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