Why Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen games could be broadcast live on Saturdays at 3pm

Uefa have lifted the TV blackout in Scotland and England

The Saturday 3pm TV blackout which has been part and parcel of Scottish football for years is no longer in place.

Uefa have lifted the ban on broadcasting live matches between 2:45pm and 5:15pm only on Saturday as they hope to finish the current season in July and August.

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The governing body see closed door games as a possible solution to allow campaigns to be played until a conclusion. Albeit, very much dependent on advice from governments and health officials.

Uefa have lifted the TV blackout. Picture: SNSUefa have lifted the TV blackout. Picture: SNS
Uefa have lifted the TV blackout. Picture: SNS

The blackout has been lifted for the remainder of this season only so fans could watch their team live on a Saturday.

In a statement, UEFA said: "UEFA has lifted the 'blocked hours' protection granted to England and Scotland for the remainder of the 2019-20 season following requests from the relevant national associations as a result of measures taken in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The blackout has been in place to boost crowds and protect clubs from losing gate receipts.

It could mean that fans of Celtic, Rangers, Aberdeen and others in the league could watch their sides’ games on a Saturday if they can’t get to the game.

There is currently no date in place for football to return with reports suggesting the Scottish governing bodies want to conclude the season as it.