Frank McAvennie has hailed the Scottish government’s decision to allow some fans to return for the Ross County v Celtic and Aberdeen v Kilmarnock games.

The former Hoops and St Mirren striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is hopeful that a reasonable amount of fans will be able to attend the first Old Firm of the season at the end of October.

Aberdeen’s fixture against Kilmarnock and Neil Lennon’s side’s trip to Victoria Park will both be allowed up to 300 spectators.

By large, football across Europe has been played behind closed doors since March due to government guidelines and safety protocol concerning the coronavirus pandemic.

McAvennie hopes some form of normality can return before the Bhoys welcome Rangers to Celtic Park on 17 October.

“It is a big step in the right direction,” he told Football Insider. “But now you have got with all the fans saying, ‘Why not me?’ So all of the best on that one!

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“I am delighted that they are letting some fans back in, even though it is only 300. It is a step in the right direction, definitely.

“Let’s get back. I want things to get back to as near normal as possible. Before Christmas I would like to see half a stadium. One seat, miss a seat, or even two seats – you can do that.

“You need a crowd there. They give you stick if you make a pass the wrong way. I cannot wait. It must be horrible to play at Celtic Park with no fans because it is such a big stadium, it is a bowl.

“I cannot wait for Shane Duffy to get the full effect. The end of October is the first Old Firm and I am hoping there is so fans in.”

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