Scottish football could follow the lead of English clubs who plan on having a mini pre-season prior to the return of competitive action.

The coronavirus pandemic means players have already gone three weeks without any football action and it’s unlikely they will return to training grounds before the end of April.

But clubs expect to be given time to undergo a mini pre-season of at least two weeks before they return to games when the UK’s lockdown is lifted.

The Telegraph report that both English Premier League and English Football League clubs want to be given the chance instead of going straight into games when football eventually returns.

And Scottish clubs could look to do the same with players currently on individual programmes and many of them out of the country after being allowed to go home to their families.

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The likes of Celtic and Rangers have allowed their players to return to their homelands with many taking up the option to isolate with their families in more familiar surroundings.

Ibrox loanee Ianis Hagi returned to Romania while American defender Matt Polster headed back to LA with his wife and has been isolating with his family back home.

The PFA have already expressed their concerns over players being overworked when they do return in a bid to get the season finished quickly.

Football isn’t expected to return until at least June, although that could continue to change as the impact of Covid-19 grows.