Breaking: Hibernian Consult Players Over Tonight’s Celtic Fixture

News has just broken that Hibernian FC have consulted their players to determine whether or not they feel comfortable playing against Celtic tonight.

Celtic’s Christopher Jullien tested positive for COVID-19, meanwhile 13 players and three members of staff, including Neil Lennon, will miss tonight’s match due to having to self isolate.

It is understood that some Hibs players are believed to have reservations about participating, but it is unclear as yet whether any have refused to play. Should a significant number refuse then Hibs may not fulfil the fixture and that could have serious ramifications for the game in Scotland.

The 13 players and three staff members in isolation have all tested negative and are staying away from the match as a precaution, due to being deemed a close contact with Jullien. It is only the Frenchman who has returned a positive test result thus far, so it is not necessarily an extraordinary circumstance, given that we have seen similar instances of teams playing after one or more members of staff has tested positive. However, the anxiety likely stems from the furore over Celtic’s trip to Dubai.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.

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