Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was forced to send the country into a second lockdown yesterday following a rise in Covid-19 cases.

The latest restrictions came into effect from midnight in all Level 4 areas of the Scottish Government’s five-tier system and will continue throughout the month.

Despite the new restrictions forcing most to stay at home, the decision has been made for elite sport to continue. So here is what Scotland's current lockdown means for Celtic, Rangers and the rest of the Scottish Premiership.

Can football continue?

The Scottish Government has released an exemption list which stated “those involved in professional sports, for training, coaching or competing in an event” are among those allowed to leave their homes.

This means that currently Celtic, Rangers and the rest of the Scottish Premiership can go about their business as normal with the strict testing measures in place.

Will Celtic be allowed to return from their Dubai training camp?

The UAE is on the current official list of exempt countries - meaning there will be no need for Celtic players and staff to self-isolate for 10 days on their return to Scotland.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney today stated that Celtic's trip to Dubai wasn't a "particularly great example to set".

Speaking BBC Radio Scotland, he said: "They will be allowed back in, but they'll have to follow all rules in the process.

"Frankly, I don't think it's a good idea to be doing that at this stage. I don't think it's a good idea.

"I don't think it's a particularly great example to set to people when we're asking members of the public to take on very significant restrictions on the way in which they live their lives.

"I think we've all got to demonstrate leadership on this particular question."

Could the Scottish Premiership season be halted?

Like the first lockdown in March there is always the possibility that Scottish football could be forced into an unwanted break.

However, with a strict testing system in place, the message right now is that there is no risk to the beautiful game in Scotland. 

With Rangers 19 points clear at the top of the table, Steven Gerrard's side will be hoping that the season continues as normal so they can wrap up a historic title as soon as possible.