Hibs will apply to have up to 5,000 supporters at Easter Road for the visit of Arsenal for their pre-season friendly in July.

kieran tierney via arsenal
kieran tierney via arsenal

Arsenal are set to travel to Scotland as part of their pre-season preparations and a game against Hibs is scheduled for 13 July with a 6pm kick-off.

As the Delta variant takes hold in England, responsible for up to 96% of new cases at the time of writing, and 91% across the whole UK, the Scottish Premier League side will apply for special dispensation to allow a larger crowd to attend, should they still be subject to tier 2 restrictions which would cap supporters at 500.

In order to receive permission, the club would have to meet a strict set of criteria to satisfy Edinburgh City Council, who will then undertake a risk assessment to determine if it is both safe and feasible for 5,000 fans to be allowed to attend.

Scotland saw 1,104 new cases registered on Friday, 11 June.

In the unlikely event that social distancing measures are reduced, Hibs will apply to the Scottish government for between 7,000 and 7,500 supporters to be allowed to attend.