Aberdeen vs Kilmarnock and Ross County vs Celtic to have 300 fans in attendance

Aberdeen vs Kilmarnock and Ross County vs Celtic will have 300 home fans at each game after the Scottish government approved the fixtures as pilot matches.

The two matches will be the first Scottish Premiership games in front of spectators since the coronavirus shutdown, although Murrayfield staged a test event with spectators in August when Edinburgh hosted Glasgow Warriors in a PRO14 rugby union game.

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Scottish Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick, indicated last month that up to three pilot events could take place with spectators in the Scottish Premiership on the weekend of September 12.

Aberdeen, who confirmed their tickets will be allocated based on a ballot for season-ticket holders, also said that confirmation of a follow-up test event for 750 season ticket holders against Motherwell on September 20 is expected “later this week”.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “We are pleased to have received confirmation of pilot events at two Scottish Premiership fixtures on 12 September and I would like to thank the respective home clubs – and indeed all 12 Premiership clubs – for the comprehensive Return to Supporting plans.

“We look forward to building on the successful all-sport supporter pilot at Murrayfield and I know that clubs take the responsibility for the safe return of supporters seriously. This is another significant step forward for Scottish football and I reiterate the importance of fans to our national game.

“The JRG will continue to liaise with all clubs, and especially the home clubs, in the coming week to ensure all protocols and guidance are adhered to and that fans can look forward to a phased return to supporting their respective teams.”

Bryson to leave Aberdeen

Craig Bryson is set to leave Aberdeen by mutual consent.

The 33-year-old midfielder was locked in negotiations with the club to terminate his contract on Monday night.

Bryson joined the Dons on a free transfer from Derby last summer, but has had limited opportunities with the Premiership side due to recurring ankle injuries.

Ross County reject Stewart bids

Ross County, meanwhile, have turned down two offers for striker Ross Stewart.

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