Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou admits managing through a pandemic has given him a new perspective on football, as he welcomes the return of fans to stadiums.
The Aussie boss has replaced Neil Lennon in the Parkhead hotseat, and has seen fans return to the stadium - albeit in limited numbers.
And while Postecoglou knows that football pales in comparison to the horrors wrought by Covid, he feels the return of supporters shows just how valuable the game is.
The Celtic manager told Sporting News Australia : "It's been challenging and different but you've always got to keep a perspective.
"There's people whose lives have been affected permanently through this 18-month period.
"In football, we've always got to make sure our own importance doesn't exceed what happens in the general community.
"I think what it has shown is football is a great connector with a community.
"People who have seen their football clubs have an opportunity to break out of that difficult cycle we're in.
"Just having fans back in the stadiums, getting them involved in their football clubs again.
"It just goes to show you, that's where football's place in society is.
"It's not above everything else but it certainly provides a real connection with its communities to give them light when times are tough.
"Football has also realised without fans there's an emptiness to what happens there."