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No debate: Glens boss Mick McDermott says fans must be part of football’s return in Northern Ireland

No debate: Glens boss Mick McDermott says fans must be part of football’s return in Northern Ireland

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No debate: Glens boss Mick McDermott says fans must be part of football’s return in Northern Ireland

Glentoran manager Mick McDermott has suggested that Danske Bank Premiership games could be played at three or four stadiums to accommodate more fans when next season starts.

The Northern Ireland Football League (NIFL) has set a provisional date of October 17 for the start of the new Premiership and Championship seasons.

But health experts are concerned at the resurgence of the Covid-19 virus and clubs insist the domestic game is not sustainable unless sufficient numbers of spectators are allowed to attend games.