SPL right to stand and deliver on fans' standing
The proposal for safe standing areas at Scottish football is the best news I've heard for a long time.
I've never been a fan of sitting at a game and improvements in technology mean standing could be a real boon to our game in terms of atmosphere.
Celtic and Rangers both seem ready to embrace the move and others should follow.
At Celtic Park, the Green Brigade has been much maligned, but very often they have provided the only atmosphere at games there.
Fans at some SPL grounds may once again be able to stand at the match - but would Hibs consider such a move having completed its all-seater stadium? Photo: SNS
Football is both entertainment and spectacle and the SPL is to be applauded for this overdue and sensible move.
No-one is mooting a return to the huge terracing of yesteryear like the giant slopes of Easter Road or Tannadice, but a return to the Hibees bounce or the Shed boys dance would add greatly to the sense of occasion, in my book.
There may be some grounds where a return to some safe standing is impractical; although those clubs may come under pressure from their own fans once they see how standing works at other grounds.
Safety must always be the primary concern, but there is no good reason why, with good planning and communication with fans, safe standing should not enhance the match-day experience.
Too often that experience has been a turgid and miserable one, with overzealous officialdom treating those who pay their wages, the fans, shoddily.
In recent times the Friday night experiment has worked well and the recent Saturday early kick-offs seemed to be reasonably well received among many supporters.
At last it seems that there is genuine dialogue going on between those in charge of the game and supporters.
That is good for the future of our football, for which I believe there is still a remarkable appetite.
Now everyone from local councils to police must ensure that there is no unreasonable obstruction to these sensible plans on standing.
It's time to stand and deliver on standing at football.