Scottish football is facing a step into the unknown.

But in exactly two weeks time at least we’ll get our
first real idea of what life might be like.

Project Restart in England begins with Manchester City against Arsenal and Aston Villa facing Sheffield United.

Those two top-flight matches being played behind closed doors south of the border will be watched by everyone in this country.

Players, managers, directors and supporters will all be engrossed because this will be our new normal.

Half of us will be sitting gripped on the couch praying it’s magic and half of us will be hiding behind the sofa in fear that it’s a disaster.

Everyone accepts punters aren’t getting into stadiums
for the first few weeks of the campaign, so the games at the Etihad and in Birmingham are our proper test cases.

Watching the Bundesliga has been a scary glimpse into the future.

When teams of sheer quality such as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are clashing in a top-of-the-table shootout which had a huge bearing on the title race last week and it feels like you are watching a reserve game from Latvia, it’s a shudderingly cold experience.

England will give us a closer feel to what it might be like north of the border.

Most folk around these days will know the players in the Bundesliga but it still doesn’t feel as though it’s ours or it is close to home.

The Premier League down south, however, does. We’ll have John McGinn, John Fleck and Oli McBurnie playing in one of the first games when Aston Villa go into battle.

Kieran Tierney at Arsenal and we’ll have plenty of Scots mixed in with players and venues through their remaining fixtures of the 2019-20 term that we are very familiar with.

It’s at that point where we’ll get the acid test. It’s then we’ll find out how it’s going to be in Scotland because that’s a league we can relate to and compare against properly in terms of habits and crowd participation.

There have been real marker points this week in terms of the sporting world getting going again.

Horse racing fired back out of the stalls on Monday to get us started and the truth of the matter is that sport does not really suffer without crowds.

Obviously it’s no good if you want to be there but, as far as being shown on the box is concerned, Newcastle at the start of the week looked just like Newcastle does when there are punters in the place.

Snooker was also back on the screens on the same day in the guise of the Championship League and that didn’t seem that much different.

The patrons who go to the arenas to watch the games have to sit in silence away so no issue.

Formula One is due for a restart next month with Austria set to open the season with two races after government approval was given last weekend.

Lewis Hamilton reckons it’ll feel empty but you only hear the cars on the telly anyway so again no major issue. Golf
has announced plans for Tours to return with the Scottish Open being saved and staged in October.

Like snooker, fans have to be quiet all the way through it.

Fair enough, you won’t get a burst of applause and cheering after a putt is holed just as we didn’t get one on Monday when one of the boys slotted home a century break. But it’s hardly a deal breaker.

But football is different. And let’s just hope the games in England do not show us it’s just too different to accept.