Stirling Albion have been given the green light to resume their season after a two-month Covid lockdown.
Leagues 1 and 2 were shelved back in January, with the Binos having played just nine league matches at that point.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed this afternoon that action will return immediately to Scotland's bottom two professional leagues, as well as women's football and for a selection of Highland League outfits.
Addressing ministers at Holyrood this afternoon, Ms Sturgeon said: "Later today, the Public Health Minister will support the resumption of competitive football in Scottish Leagues 1 and 2, the Scottish Women’s Premier League 1 and – for the purposes of playing Scottish Cup ties – certain Highland League teams."
"I hope this news will be welcomed by football fans across the country."
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Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Public Health and Sport, said: “We are aware of the importance of football, at all levels, to many people in Scotland and I’m happy that we have been able to work closely with the Scottish FA to allow the resumption of some further football activity – starting with SPFL Leagues 1 and 2, SWPL1 and clubs still in this season’s Scottish Cup.
“This could only happen alongside enhanced measures to keep everyone safe, including mandatory weekly Covid PCR tests for all players and staff.
“We continue to discuss with the Scottish FA and other stakeholders to ensure football at all levels can resume as soon as it is safe to do so.”
The Forthbank side have not been in action since their match with Stenhousemuir on January 2 was abandoned after half an hour due to the icy condition with Albion leading 1-0.
The Binos are firmly in the throes of a promotion tilt, currently sitting in the play-offs, in fourth, level on points with second-placed Elgin City.
The Scottish FA welcomed the news. President Rod Petrie said: “We're pleased that the First Minister has again recognised the importance of football in Scotland. The decision to temporarily suspend parts of the professional game played by predominantly part-time teams was not an easy one to take. None the less, given the sharp rise in infection rates caused by new strains of the virus at the start of the year, it was the right thing to do to assist the national effort to reduce its prevalence during lockdown.
“The preparatory work undertaken with representatives of affected leagues and their commitment to the inclusion of weekly PCR testing, has given ministers the confidence to permit the return of SWPL 1 and SPFL League One and Two.
“While we are pleased to see the return of these leagues, there remain significant numbers unable to return to play, including the remaining levels of the professional pyramid, elite youth football, club youth football and our amateur and grassroots clubs across both the male and female game.
“We are acutely aware of the desire within those levels of football to return to playing football and we will continue to work with the Scottish Government to ensure they are able to as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Next Wednesday (March 10) marks a year since Stirling Albion fans were last inside Forthbank – albeit a game to forget for them as Cove Rangers won 7-1.