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Caley Thistle targeting Raith Rovers match for return of fans to Caledonian Stadium

Caledonian Stadium.
Caledonian Stadium.

Caley Thistle are targeting their Championship fixture against Raith Rovers on November 21 for the return of fans to Caledonian Stadium.

Inverness are likely to be given the green light to allow crowds from next week, with the Highlands due to be confirmed as being in tier one of the Scottish government’s coronavirus restrictions tomorrow.

The new framework, which comes into place on Monday, has indicated stadiums within tier one areas will be allowed to partially reopen stadiums to a restricted number of supporters.

Although Inverness host East Fife in the Betfred Cup on November 14, Caley Jags chief executive Scot Gardiner says the Highlanders have provisionally started planning for supporters to return for the following weekend’s match against Rovers.

Gardiner said: “We have already had meetings about it. We are not assuming anything right now, because things have changed so dramatically.

“If we are tier one we will be looking to put in an application for the return of supporters at a reduced number.

“There is a League Cup match against East Fife, but a cup match is not practical with splitting gates.

“We would be looking at the Raith Rovers game. Even then we will have to look at government guidelines, and whether it would need to be an IV postcode.

“We don’t know how many, it would be hundreds rather than our full season ticket base.”

Gardiner also confirmed the Highlanders will only be looking to accommodate supporters in their two stands behind each goal.

He added: “The only stands we could house people in would be the north and south stands.

“We are using the Main Stand concourses and the like for the full operation of the teams, because we are not allowed to use our dressing room.

“We’ve got amber zones and red zones and we are operating it fine on any given matchday.

“If we then have fans coming into the north and south stands, it’s pretty straightforward. There is no public transport that comes to the stadium – everyone either walks or drives.”

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