Scotland's clinical director Jason Leitch has answered questions from Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack as he insists the government do care about football.

The Dons are desperate to get fans back into Pittodrie after a successful test event in September and have applied to get 1,000 supporters into their Premiership clash with Ross County on December 12.

If that is a success they want to move to a crowd of 2000 for the match with St Johnstone on Boxing Day and the same for the New Year fixture with Dundee United.

Cormack has warned about the financial "tsunami" set to hit Scottish football if a plan isn't worked out for paying supporters to return to the turnstiles in the months ahead. 

The Dons are backed in their pitch by leading epidemiologist Professor Gary Macfarlane and Cormack took to Twitter to demand answers from Leitch during his regular Saturday appearance on BBC show Off the Ball.

Cormack tweeted on Friday: "@ScottishFA, @spfl and @AberdeenFC await an email reply from Monday. Maybe Tam (Cowan) & Stuart (Cosgrove) can ask the following questions tomorrow?

"During a Zoom meeting with @spfl & executives from premiership clubs to discuss COVID did you state that fans socially distanced in stadiums, outdoors in the fresh air, were preferred to indoor events/activities. YES or NO?

"With zero reported covid cases from football test events, and the independent opinion of an eminent epidemiologist, why is Tier 2 access to indoor shopping centres, gyms, trampolining, bingo halls & cinemas now preferred over outdoor stadia by you?"

Leitch answered simply "Yes" to the first question but took a more detailed approach to the second, feeling it misrepresents his actual potition.

He said: "That is not the position. It isn't preferred by me.

"We have had this analogy a number of times on the show previously so to be serious for a minute, let's pretend there's a 100 per cent risk and there is a bucket and you have to fill that with things that are risky.

"So you can't go back to everybody locked inside their houses and you can't go back to normal.

"If you go back to normal, people will die until you get to that first half of next year.

"You have to decide as a nation what goes in the bucket.

"I don't get to decide. I get to give advice. I'm not elected.

"We have decided to put in the bucket schools, universities, visiting care homes as much as we can, we have decided to put in certain tiers certain adjusted things you can do or not do and we have put in fans back in stadia in some of those tiers.

"Germany has no fans, Italy has no fans, the Republic of Ireland has no fans.

"So you have to make a choice about what goes in based on what stage of the pandemic you are in."

Insisting that there is regular communication between the SFA, SPFL and government, Leitch bristled at social media suggestions that football is being cast aside.

"There was some vitriol, not from Dave, surrounding this subject suggesting we don't care about football, we don't care about Aberdeen," he said. "It's not true."

"Joe FitzPatrick, the Sports Minister, met with the SFA and SPFL this week. He meets with them most weeks.

"The officials in the sports department speak to them every single day.

"We do care about football, we also care about basketball and netball, and we want fans back just as soon as safe as it's safe to do so."