Michael Gove has all but ruled out a return to stadia for fans in the near future after confirming plans were being pushed back in England.
Nicola Sturgeon is expected to update Scotland on new restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic later on Tuesday and Record Sport revealed fears from the authorities that the Scottish Government would put paid to any hopes of a comeback.
And now it’s highly unlikely that Scottish football will see any fans in stadia in the coming weeks and months in what is a major blow to the SPFL.
Clubs had hoped to have some supporters back in for now, and with the lower leagues due to start next month, they had hoped they would be able to get fans through the turnstiles.
But Michael Gove told BBC: “It was the case that we were looking at a staged programme of more people returning.
“It wasn’t going to be the case of having stadiums thronged with fans. We’re looking at how for the moment we can pause that programme, but what we do want to do is make sure that as circumstances allow, we can get more people back because the virus is less likely to spread outdoors than indoors.
“But it’s in the nature of sporting events that there’s a lot of mingling. People look back now at the beginning of the pandemic and look at some of the major sporting events there and ask the question, ‘Why were they allowed to go ahead’.”