LiveScottish Football LIVE: World Health Organisation want football postponed until middle of 2021, Celtic ace will be 'desperate' for EPL test, urgent SPFL talks with Government

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By all accounts it is going to be a long time before football fans are back in stadiums cheering on their team with more realistic views taking place on large gatherings as countries begin to look at exit strategies from the current lockdown measures.

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The fear is a second wave of coronavirus. Ireland have banned mass gatherings of more than 5,000 people until the autumn, while in the Netherlands major events have been banned until September. The SPFL are looking at solutions which will involve meetings with the Scottish Government.

We will have all the latest from around Scottish football throughout the day.

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WHO make Uefa request

The World Health Organisation have made a request to Uefa that all football be postponed until the middle of 2021, according to reports in Italy.

The body are anxious about a return of coronavirus if big events go ahead.

In Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon revealed her fear about allow fans to return to games too soon with closed door games also unlikely anytime soon.

The pandemic has already taken thousands of lives and there is worry that a second wave could arrive if restrictions are lifted too soon.

La Repubblica, the Italian newspaper, report the WHO made their feelings known in a call with Uefa.

McBurnie's Rangers meeting

Oli McBurnie has revealed the moment he phoned his agent and told him he wanted to play for Rangers.

The Scotland and Sheffield United striker recalled a meeting with Steven Gerrard in Dubai in the summer of 2018.

He was asked to meet the new Rangers boss, only he had just been sick due to being out on an "all-dayer".

McBurnie, a Rangers fan, told Open Goal: "When I walked out that room I rang my agent and said 'I want to play for him. It's f***ing Stevie G, it's Rangers'. Things happen. You know what football is like mate, and I ended up signing a new deal at Swansea and ever since then it's been a bit financially out of the question."

Celtic ace would be 'desperate' to test himself at higher level

Kristoffer Ajer will be "desperate" to test himself at a higher level, according to former Scotland international Alan Hutton.

The Norwegian has been linked with Leicester City, coached by former Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, and AC Milan.

Ajer's agent revealed the player would leave in the summer, something the defender was keen to play down.

Hutton told Football Insider: “Obviously you’d be looking to kick on and obviously going to the Premier League is massive. For players such as himself, I’m sure he’d be desperate to test himself at the highest level.

“Not only that, but going to a team which is flying high, a great young team, a great manager who knows him well. It literally ticks all the boxes for him."

He added: “I think it’ll be a great offer for himself and obviously all the teams. The fee’s going to be quite high so Celtic will be happy and Leicester also.”

SPFL's urgent Government talks

SPFL chief executive will seek urgent talks with David Hamilton, strategic football lead for the Scottish Government, regarding closed door games.

Comments from Nicola Sturgeon on Monday worried clubs with the First Minister suggesting games played behind closed doors could be unlikely.

Clubs are facing up to the prospect of being without gate receipt revenue but will want next season to get up and running as soon as possible to bring in revenue from broadcasting.

According to the Daily Mail, there are concerns that no football could "kill" the football industry.

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