The return of fans will lift the Leeds United squad to “incredible” new levels, according to Alex McLeish.

The former Rangers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted a packed Elland Road would inject “massive” energy into the players.

As confirmed by Boris Johnson on Monday, outdoor sports venues in England will be allowed to host up to 10,000 supporters from 17 May.

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As such, a selection of Leeds fans will be back in the stands at Elland Road for their final home game against West Brom.

It will be the first time supporters have been allowed back in the ground since the Whites’ return to the Premier League.

McLeish admitted a packed Elland Road would lift the players’ performances significantly next season.

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McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “God almighty. Those fans will absolutely inject incredible energy into those Leeds players.

“Energy they thought they couldn’t top under Bielsa’s training but the fans will propel them to even bigger feats. I really believe that.

“When you think about Liverpool going to Barcelona, coming back with a deficit of three goals. Then to go out to Anfield and play in front of a crowd, the crowd roared them through to the final of the Champions League.

“The Leeds fans have been badly missed, probably not by Man United fans, but they will certainly bring massive, massive energy to the team.”

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Leeds’ last home game in front of fans was a 2-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield.

The match is perhaps best remembered for a stunning volley from right-back Luke Ayling.

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