Coronavirus: Old Firm clash at Celtic Park set to be limited to 500 fans after Scottish government announcement

Celtic requested the winter break to be brought forward after the Scottish government announced new restrictions in a bid to tackle the spread of the Omicron variant, which could cause the second Old Firm clash of the season to be played in front of just 500 fans.

All outdoor events in the country will be affected by the new restrictions which will limit attendances to 500 spectators from Boxing Day until the end of February.

The new measures in parliament were revealed on Tuesday and will require one-metre physical distance between those who attend any outdoor event during that time.

The second Old Firm clash of the season will take place on January 2.

The Old Firm clash at Celtic Park and Edinburgh derby at Easter Road on January 3 will be played in near-empty stadiums because of that.

The SPFL has been asked by Celtic to bring forward the winter break from January 3 to January 21.

The health and safety of all must always be our priority, according to a statement from Celtic.

Celtic can confirm that it has requested that the SPFL bring forward the winter break and rearrange the fixture list in light of today's announcement.

The game owes it to supporters to explore all opportunities so that they can attend matches and support the game they love.

The reverse fixture of the 1872 Cup will also be impacted by the Union Rugby Championship match between Glasgow Warriors and Edinburgh.

The announcement from the Welsh government that spectators at sporting events would not be allowed was similar.

"This will make sports matches, including football, effectively spectator-free over this three-week period," she said.

I know how disappointing this will be for those looking forward to these events.

Large-scale Hogmanay celebrations in our capital city will not go ahead because of this.

I know how disappointing this will be for those who are looking forward to these events.

Three football games are set to go ahead on Wednesday, in front of potential capacity crowds, before the measures come into place.

The Scottish Premiership.

St. Mirren requested postponement of Rangers and Celtic.

The games against Celtic and Rangers have been put off.

"We have tried our best to fulfill the fixture, however, following further positive covid cases this morning we are unable to field a team for either match with a significant number of first-team players and staff unavailable," St Mirren said.

The health and wellbeing of our players and staff is our top priority and we will continue to take precautions.

We are in discussions with the SPFL and we will keep supporters updated as we look for a resolution to this matter.

All clubs in the Scottish Professional Football League are now testing their players and staff daily.

The managers said something.

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Celtic's manager says he doesn't want to play in front of limited crowds, but they just have to accept the rules.

The Celtic manager is Ange Postecoglou.

I didn't enjoy football in Japan because it was played behind closed doors.

It becomes a different game for the players.

My preference is to play with supporters.

We have to follow the protocols that are put in place and we have to get on with it.

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Glass does not understand fan limit decision.

Stephen Glass is the boss of Aberdeen.

The biggest impact will be the Boxing Day game between the two clubs at home.

We would prefer to play that in front of the people that have already bought tickets for Christmas, because that's where we want to play it.

We don't make those decisions because the club provides a safe environment.

Why would you say that the rule is important in 4 days time? I don't see the logic in it.