FOOTBALL is back on the cards for thousands of youngsters in Glasgow.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed this week contact sports could resume for youngsters on Monday as the country enters Phase Three of its exit from lockdown.

It means kids across the city are set to finally enjoy a reunion after months on the sidelines.

But some coaches in the city have asked for more clarity from football authorities as they continue to adapt to life with Covid-19.

The Scottish FA published detailed information on its website yesterday outlining the steps clubs must take in Phase Three.

Willie Smith, founder of Pollok-based Hillwood Football Club, said: “We have been disappointed in the SFA in its Covid-19 response.

“When we were going from Phase One into Phase Two there wasn’t any information for clubs until two weeks later.

“As a club, we are well prepared for it and we have taken measures, including putting hand sanitiser units in place. But that’s all been done without any formal assistance from the SFA.”

He added: “We are all struggling with a lack of information.”

Thomas Kelly, general secretary for the Glasgow and District Youth Football League, which is responsible for teams such as Cranhill United, Drumchapel Amateurs and Glasgow Boys FC, joined calls for more information.

He said: “We are hoping for more clarity from the SFA to allow us to return to football safely.

“We just don’t feel there’s been enough information for teams.”

Thomas McKeown, Scottish FA board director and chair of the JRG Grassroots Sub Group, said in a statement on Thursday: “The Scottish FA welcomes the Scottish Government update on the move to Phase Three of the route map out of lockdown.

“We are urgently assessing what these changes mean for football.

“We would reiterate that changes cannot be implemented before Monday July 13, as outlined by Scottish Government.

“We want to thank everyone in the grassroots game for their continued patience and support.

“We will continue to work with the Scottish Government, sportscotland and other stakeholders on the return for football and will update as soon as possible.”