Scottish Premiership: How many fans will be at top-flight games?

Hearts will have more than 4,500 fans backing them against Celtic on Saturday evening
People are replacing cardboard cutouts inside Scottish football grounds

With Scotland currently in level zero in the fight against coronavirus, seated crowds of 2,000 are permitted to attend football matches.

However, clubs with bigger grounds can apply to their local authority for more on a case-by-case basis as has already been seen in the League Cup, European competitions and pre-season friendlies.

So, as the new Scottish Premiership campaign kicks-off, how many fans will be at each game?

Saturday

Rangers v Livingston (13:30 BST)

Rangers have been given permission to have 23,000 fans at Ibrox for the start of their league defence, 6000 more than originally thought. Seats will be balloted to season ticket holders.

The champions have moved their title flag day to 18 September when they expect the stadium to be "filled to capacity".

Dundee v St Mirren (15:00)

The Dens Park club don't give a number but say capacity has been increased, with the same level of occupation in the Bob Shankly and Bobby Cox stands.

The estimate is 4,000 with the club announcing they are "confident" this will accommodate all season ticket holders who wish to attend.

Ross County v St Johnstone (15:00)

Again without stating the total, the Dingwall club say they are in a position to offer all season ticket holders a seat at the 6,500-capacity stadium.

A small, undisclosed number of tickets were made available to St Johnstone fans on a first-come-first serve basis.

Hearts v Celtic (20:00)

It had initially seemed that there would be 4,535 spectators at Tynecastle, with a ballot among the club's season-ticket holders. However, following further discussions with the local council, that has been increased to 5,272.

Celtic have also confirmed that 24,500 fans will be able to attend their first home league game against Dundee next weekend.

Sunday

Aberdeen v Dundee United (15:00)

Aberdeen will have 6,305 home fans inside Pittodrie, up on the 5,665 who watched the Europa Conference League victory over Hacken on 22 July.

United, meanwhile, have confirmed they have received permission to have an increased crowd for the visit of Rangers next Saturday. The club say the figure - thought to be in the region of 5000 - will be "ample for all eligible season-ticket holders" to attend.

Motherwell v Hibernian (16:30)

Fir Park will welcome up to 4,500 fans. The hosts gave supporters a deadline of Tuesday to confirm their attendance, while the visitors were given 2,000 tickets to sell.

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