Football without fans is nothing.

But Jock Stein’s famous old quote has been put to the test more than ever during the pandemic, closing the turnstiles indefinitely.

While the grassroots game has been put on hold, the elite game has played on in soulless, empty stadiums around the country in a bid to sustain morale during the lockdown.

Of course the financial implications to clubs are well documented but the fan experience has been decimated over the course of the last 12 months, leaving supporters detached from their clubs at a time when that sense of community is needed now more than ever.

And as the season hurtles towards its conclusion the annual showpiece occasions are notable by the absence of fans but there has been a response, led by tens of thousands of supporters through Crowdfunder.