CLUBS in the Scottish Premiership have been given the green light to return to full contact training from tomorrow.

Top-flight sides have been able to train since June 11 but only in a physically-distanced manner.

But now Scottish football's Joint Response Group has confirmed that ministers have formally approved full contact training for Scottish Premiership clubs to take place from tomorrow.

A joint response statement read: “The Joint Response Group can now confirm that ministers have formally approved full contact training for Scottish Premiership clubs from tomorrow, Monday 29 June.

"We would therefore encourage clubs to inform all Team Staff as soon as possible to facilitate the updated guidance & clarify that the approval for full contact training is inclusive of all Phase 4 requirements outlined in the JRG Return to Training protocols reissued on Friday.

"Ministers have underlined that this return to full contact training is subject to observing public health measures, including testing.

"Today's confirmation from Scottish Government ministers is welcomed and is another significant step towards the resumption of the Scottish football season, beginning with the Premiership on August 1."

The new Scottish Premiership campaign is set to get underway from August 1 and all but two top-flight clubs have already returned to training.

Livingston will meet up today for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic, leaving just Brian Rice’s Hamilton as the only club not to have resumed their preparations for the new campaign.

A raft of measures are currently in place to ensure the full safety of players and staff of all clubs.

From temperature checks and questionnaires to disinfecting equipment and players washing their own kits, it has been a challenge time for clubs to get things in place.

The Scottish football season was halted on March 13 following the Covid-19 outbreak and following the shutdown the majority of SPFL member clubs voted to end the current season on a points per game basis.