Fans’ trusts in Scotland will get first refusal to buy their club if it is put on sale, should the Community Empowerment Bill amendment pass as expected this Wednesday. Members of the Scottish Parliament have agreed to amend the Bill to extend the right-to-buy, and if the amendment passes this Wednesday in Holyrood, fans will be first in line to buy their club and community groups will also be able to buy land.
If the amendment is successful, it represents a long-awaited coup for football fans in Scotland who have campaigned for increased fan involvement and power in football clubs in Scotland. Clubs such as Hearts have already made efforts to give their fans a larger share of the club, and involve them more in the administration of their club off the field. The new amendment comes just one week after Celtic FC announced that they will introduce a safe standing area with rail seating in Celtic Park for the 2016-17 season – a measure that is sure to please many fans who feel that British football is being left behind the likes of Germany with regards to fans rights and influence.