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Brown hoping fans return


Celtic captain Scott Brown

Celtic captain Scott Brown

Celtic captain Scott Brown

Celtic captain Scott Brown hopes the first step to getting fans back into grounds in Scotland goes off without a hitch.

There have been no supporters at football games in the country since March due to the coronavirus crisis.

The Hoops' Premiership match against Ross County in Dingwall on Saturday has been chosen as a test event with 300 allowed in the Global Energy stadium.

Aberdeen's home game against Kilmarnock will also have up to 300 fans in attendance.

However, the date for general phased reopening of stadia in the country has been moved back from Monday until October 5 at the earliest.

Brown said: "It will be good just getting fans back in.

"It's crucial that we get fans back into the stadium and that we start playing in front of them yet again.

"But we need to do it safely and so this is a little test for us and here's hoping it works well.

"It's hard to play in front of no fans, you can hear everyone chatting away and you can hear everyone shouting.

"For us, it's all about getting the fans back in as safe safely as possible and here's hoping we can do that very soon."

Brown was speaking on the day that St Mirren goalkeeper Jak Alnwick was confirmed to have tested positive for Covid-19 with Hamilton defender Lee Hodson, his housemate, also having to self-isolate. The former Scotland captain noted the precarious situation.

"Obviously it's very delicate but the club try to do as much as we possibly can and we've had our tests and have been negative.

"So we're just trying to focus on ourselves."