Dundee United manager Micky Mellon has expressed his delight at the prospect of fans being allowed into games.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that Scottish football can pencil in September 14 as the day when the game can tentatively begin to welcome back supporters.
That would mean the Tangerines’ home fixture against St Mirren five days later being the first chance the faithful will get to see their players in the flesh since the coronavirus lockdown started in March.
As he prepared his side to face St Johnstone at Tannadice in this weekend’s league openener, Mellon said: “It is terrific.
“We all know what football means to fans and that is what it is all about, particularly here at Dundee United.
“To get the fans back in to celebrate their team being back in the Premiership again is huge.
“It is a terrific step forward.
“We all love football with the fans and the atmosphere. It should be terrific.”
Indeed, Mellon revealed that United’s big fanbase was one of the reasons he decided to take over form Robbie Neilson.
He added: “There were many factors that attracted me here but the fanbase is also terrific.
“Fans are the lifeblood of the club and it is important to see we are making progress against a terrible virus is pleasing as well.
“We must feel it is safe to do that and it is a great boost to everyone.”