Nicola Sturgeon offers Hampden hope for Scotland fans ahead of Euro 2020

Nicola Sturgeon has said it’s ‘possible’ Scotland fans will be able to cheer on the national team at Hampden Park during the Euros this summer.

Football matches in Scotland have been played behind closed doors for months in the bid to suppress Covid-19.

The UK Government said yesterday it is “hopeful and optimistic” large crowds will return to stadiums in England for the Euro 2020 tournament, which kicks off on June 11.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden reckons large attendances will be possible from June 21 which is the date restrictions are set to be lifted south of the Border.

However, the First Minister and the Scottish Government have adopted a far more cautious stance so far. Yet, in an interview with the Daily Record, Nicola Sturgeon offered hope for the Tartan Army.

Asked if the June date was also possible for Scotland, she said: “It is possible and I would love to see it happen

“I have said before I would really like to be, personally and with some other people there, in Hampden, cheering on Scotland in the Euros come the summer. So I certainly want to see that happen if at all possible.”

She added: “I am more optimistic about that now than I would have been just a couple of months ago.”

The First Minister said Scotland is at a “pretty critical stage” in its fight against the virus.

She said: “The next weeks are going to be crucial in making sure that that trajectory continues to the point where, yes, come the summer, we are living much, much more freely than we are just now, with potentially crowds at football matches, other events and families being able to meet up together normally.”

She was more pessimistic about the prospect of Scots being able to enjoy a foreign holiday towards the end of the summer.

Travelling abroad is subject to heavy restrictions and she said: “I think international travel, unfortunately, is probably the last thing we will see get back to normal.

“Would I rule out for the whole of this year? Absolutely not. But if we want to restore what you were asking me about a minute ago – the ability maybe to go and see a football match, or to go to a concert, to hug your family members – if we want to prioritise all of that, then perhaps the price we will have to pay for that for a bit longer is not having foreign holidays.”

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