Former GAA president Sean Kelly believes that it will look "strange" if other sports are being played when Gaelic games waits for social distancing to cease as he questioned the stance taken by current leader John Horan.

Last week Horan effectively ruled out matches being played while distancing measures remain in day-to-day life.

Discussing social distancing remaining in society as Gaelic games potentially return, Horan said: "I can't see it happening to be quite honest. If social distancing is a priority to deal with this pandemic, I don't know how we can play a contact sport."

That view has been challenged by Kelly, who feels that if permission is granted to return to team sports, then the body should take the opportunity.

"The GAA is there to play games, so we should be ready to play games when it is given the go-ahead by the authorities," he said on The Sunday Game.

"We shouldn't be saying we’re not going to play any games this year. I think we have to look at the direction from the Government and the health authorities.

"But if they say it is okay and then there are games played in England and the continent and we’re not playing, then that is going to look rather strange.

"You are always better off giving people something they can look forward to rather than saying that nothing is going to happen.

"We should be prepared to work and open as soon as we are given the authority to do so."

Kelly has commended how the GAA community have responded to the Covid-19 crisis, although he would like to see pitches made available at some point, even just for walking.

He added: "I think it has been quite good. It has been difficult. I’d admire the resilience and the clubs who have helped out with guards of honours for people who have died and people helping the elderly.

"But it is also difficult to see a sign when you walk by your local field a sign that says 'closed'.

"I would hope that be lifted in some way soon, even if people could go in and go for a walk and observe the rules."