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fans plans Frustration over Covid passport rules for NI Celtic and Rangers fans travelling to Scotland

The Scottish government says it is currently working to resolve the situation


Celtic and Rangers will have to provide proof of vaccination

Celtic and Rangers will have to provide proof of vaccination

Celtic and Rangers will have to provide proof of vaccination

Uncertainty still remains on whether Rangers and Celtic fans from Northern Ireland can enter Scottish stadiums under soon-to-be-introduced ‘vaccine certification’ rules.

Concerned fans say they are worried about the lack of clarity from the Scottish government on the issue, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

Holyrood’s vaccine certification measures will come into force on October 1 covering any event with over 10,000 spectators, meaning those going to games will have to provide proof of vaccination before entry.

The government said they are currently working with countries within the UK to ensure those travelling from within the jurisdiction can enter stadiums.

One Celtic supporter, Denise McGeoghan, told the newspaper: “My family are massive Celtic fans who go to the matches every year. We’re hoping to go to a lot (of games) this year and are season ticket holders who have both been vaccinated.

“We’d like to see the issue resolved as soon as possible so we can go and support the club we love without having the uncertainty or worry of not even being allowed to enter the stadium on match day.”

Yesterday meetings took place between the Scottish Football Association and its Joint Response Group (JRG) to discuss plans on certification.

An SFA spokesperson said: “The JRG reiterated its view that a system of spot-checks is the only pragmatic and workable solution to the numerous practical challenges surrounding implementation of the Scottish Government’s plans within Scottish football.

“The JRG sought clarity on the operational detail which clubs, football bodies and stadium operators will be expected to implement from October 1.

“At both meetings, the Scottish Government representatives acknowledged they were not yet in a position to provide the detail necessary for clubs to begin their implementation planning.

“With just over two weeks until the system is scheduled to commence in football stadia across the country, we reiterated our concern [over] the lack of detail available and reinforced the requirement that this information be confirmed as soon as possible.”

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Meanwhile, a Holyrood spokesperson said the government is currently working to resolve the issue.

They explained: “The Scottish certification scheme will accept proof of vaccination from other countries for entry to events, including the UK.

“We are working with other UK jurisdictions to ensure interoperability across the UK as well as considering how evidence of vaccination for people from outside the UK can be verified.”

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