Celtic and Rangers have been given a European boost with the news that they could be granted permission by Glasgow City Council to host capacity crowds.

Sporting bodies and clubs will have to continue applying for permission to host major crowds despite Scotland moving beyond Level 0 of coronavirus restrictions.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the Scottish Government was temporarily keeping some mitigations in place when most legal Covid-19 regulations are removed from next Monday.

Sturgeon said: “While we expect to see the careful return of large-scale events we will, for a limited period, keep in place the processes through which organisers of outdoor events of more than 5,000 and indoor events of more than 2,000 will have to apply for permission.

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“This is allowing us and local authorities simply to be reassured of the arrangements to be in place to reduce the risk of large-scale gatherings.”

However, a Glasgow City Council source has told the Daily Record that Celtic and Rangers will likely be given the go ahead for capacity crowds for their upcoming European fixtures.

The source said: “We haven’t had any formal requests yet but it is vanishingly unlikely that we would say no to full house.”