PARTICK THISTLE and Kilmarnock have made an appeal for the Scottish Government's Covid crowd restrictions to be lifted immediately. 

Currently, the 500-fan limit in place as part of the recent coronavirus curbs remains the case until Monday, January 17. 

This coincides with the Premiership return after the top flight's winter break.

However, Championship sides and the leagues below have been playing games for the past three-weeks with the hefty restrictions in place, leading to a loss in revenue for many clubs during the traditional busy festive period.

With a full card in the lower leagues on the horizon again this weekend, they look set to suffer the crowd limitation yet again before 60,000 are allowed into Celtic Park on Monday evening when the ban is lifted.

As a result, Partck Thistle have launched an appeal to the relevant bodies to allow regular supporter numbers to return for this weekend's game.

The Jags meet Kilmarnock in a tasty Championship encounter on Friday evening in front of the BBC cameras.

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In normal circumstances, this match would attract thousands, with both teams fighting for the league crown.

And it appears both clubs are doing all they can to get the restrictions lifted in time for the game, with the Ayrshire side giving their full backing to their hosts.

A full statement from Thistle reads: "Partick Thistle was pleased to hear the good news that restrictions on fan numbers at games are to be removed. However, we don’t understand why this hasn’t happened immediately.

"The Premiership restarts on the 17th with full crowds but other leagues, playing as usual this weekend, continue to be disadvantaged for a further three days.

"As well as the significant financial impact on Thistle, this decision means our fans face another game where the majority cannot attend and we cannot welcome opposition fans.

"We have asked the question to see if there is any scope to bring the date forward as we owe it to our fans to try. We know it’s a long shot and unlikely to be changed but the right thing to do was to state our case rather than simply accept being disadvantaged again."

Killie took to Twitter to throw their weight behind the appeal. 

A spokesperson said: "We welcome and support Partick Thistle's statement and will assist them in any way to try to allow both sets of fans to be at Firhill."

The SPFL are liaising with Government officials on behalf of the clubs regarding the matter.