English clubs reportedly host SCOTTISH teams hit by Covid fan ban, but at a price

English clubs are said to welcome Celtic and Rangers to their stadiums for one-off matches if Covid’s restrictions on fans attending matches north of the border remain in place.

Clubs in England are said to be keen to get the financial boost the Old Firm could give them in the January transfer window, while still allowing Scottish sides to play in front of packed houses.

But England sides are said to be looking for £ 250,000 or more to make the organization of the matches worthwhile.

As revealed by Sportsmail Football chiefs in Scotland, where only 500 supporters are allowed to attend matches under Covid restrictions, will consider moving the matches south on Wednesday.

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The Scottish Football Association and Premiership has warned the Holyrood government that the rules, triggered by an increase in Omicron infections, are costing clubs £ 1.5-2million per week.

In England, supporters of stadiums with a capacity of more than 10,000 can attend matches provided they have a Covid pass, which includes proof of vaccination or a negative test result.

Sportsmail understands that English clubs would be happy to host games if they can secure a financial windfall that bolsters transfer plans. Sums of £ 250,000 or more for the host club would be seen as very attractive to teams outside of England’s top flight.

“The games should attract a lot of fans for this to work,” said a club executive in the north of England. Sportsmail.

Nicola Sturgeon announced additional emergency funding of £ 5million for sport in Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon announced additional emergency funding of £ 5million for sport in Scotland

“Clubs should think about the impact on their pitch, but if it was a game and it made enough of a difference to transfer the plans, you will have to take that into account. £ 250,000 to £ 300,000 would make a difference.

In reality, the matches should involve Celtic and Rangers in order to generate sufficient attendance and therefore income for all clubs involved. The rivals face each other on Wednesday February 2.

Even the Edinburgh derby between Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian attracts only around 20,000 fans. However, any game involving the Old Firm would be considered regardless of the opposition as clubs have such huge fan bases.

The clubs in the North of England and the Midlands are within a three to five hour drive of Glasgow and would be seen as a viable day or stopover by the passionate support of the clubs, which is also well represented in the South of the frontier.

Clubs lose between £ 1.5million and £ 2million per week due to restrictions on fans in attendance

Clubs lose between £ 1.5million and £ 2million per week due to restrictions on fans in attendance

To be economically viable, it is expected that stadiums should almost certainly have a capacity of around 30,000 and above,

With just 500 supporters allowed at outdoor events starting on Boxing Day, Premiership clubs have chosen to move the winter holidays forward by three weeks in the hope that the season will resume in front of attic rooms.

Additional emergency funding of £ 5million for sport in Scotland has been announced by Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon,

Additionally, Ms Sturgeon has vowed to review the current guidelines on January 17, but cash-strapped clubs now want answers on what will happen later this month.

As of Boxing Day, only 500 supporters are allowed at outdoor events in Scotland due to Covid

As of Boxing Day, only 500 supporters are allowed at outdoor events in Scotland due to Covid

On Wednesday, the Prime Minister said she hoped the Six Nations rugby match between Scotland and England at Murrayfield on February 5 and the match against France three weeks later could take place in front of fans.

“We, myself included, want to be able to cheer Scotland on at Murrayfield in the Six Nations,” said Ms Sturgeon.

“But I’m not doing anyone any good if I try to give some certainty before we can do it.” We will continue to use data and evidence and make judgments to achieve that clarity as soon as possible.

“I certainly hope very strongly that these matches take place – and take place in front of crowds of supporters.”

Sportsmail understands that all options, including hosting games in England, will be discussed if the Scottish government fails to provide emergency relief in the coming days.

The Scottish Premiership is set to resume on January 17, when Celtic are due to host Hibernian, with Rangers traveling to Aberdeen 24 hours later – one of five games on a card that was rescheduled from December 29.

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