Shamrock Rovers have asked their supporters not to congregate around Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday as they prepare to lift the SSE Airtricity League trophy.

The Hoops play their final home match of the season against St Patrick's Athletic, with Roberto Lopes and team-mates set to receive their medals and the trophy after the game.

The match will be broadcast on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player and played behind closed doors.

A small number of fans gathered during their Europa League first round victory over Ilves.

In a statement, the club have asked fans not to travel to Tallaght and to respect Covid-19 guidelines.

The Hoops said: "Following discussions with An Garda Síochána, the club asks that all supporters observe health and safety advice as we remain in Level 5 lockdown and refrain from gathering around the stadium at the league trophy presentation on Wednesday.

"The club understands what this means to fans, everybody would wish that fans can attend games and celebrate winning but it is just not possible at this time.

"In addition, the season will not end on Wednesday, we have more League and Cup games to go and the squad will remain focused on the targets ahead."

The Hoops statement concluded by saying "we will party when it is safe to do so".

Stephen Bradley's side are unbeaten in 16 matches so far this season and could win the title by up to 16 points by the conclusion on Sunday.

They remain in contention for a double with an FAI Cup quarter-final with Finn Harps to come.  

"The players have had to be patient," said Bradley ahead of tomorrow's game. "We won the league a few weeks back so they've had to be patient but it’s going to be a great occasion for them to get their hands on the trophy.

"It’s what we’ve been working for all year so I’m delighted for them to lift that trophy tomorrow night.

"I expect a really tough game. I watched them against Dundalk and they were very good. I think they can count themselves unlucky not to win the game, they had enough chances. But if we can hit our levels we fancy ourselves to go and take points in any game."

St Patrick's Athletic manager Stephen O'Donnell said: "We are looking forward to Wednesday's game up in Tallaght.

"It is a quick turnaround from Sunday's draw against Dundalk so we have been mainly doing recovery and m a bit of analysis on Rovers in the time that we have.

"It's a Dublin derby and one our supporters would love to be at, so the players and staff are looking forward to it and will be going out to get a result for the fans."

Watch Shamrock Rovers v St Patrick's Athletic live on RTE2, RTE Player and WATCHLOI on Wednesday from 7.30pm.