CELTIC and Arsenal have demanded that the SFA and Scottish Government answer for Ryan Christie and Kieran Tierney being told to self-isolate for 14 days after playing a PS4 game against Stuart Armstrong – on separate consoles.
A report by the Scottish Sun, claims that the players adhered to social distancing and protocols in place to limit the spreading of the virus. However, NHS Lothian Track and Trace has identified Christie and Tierney as a ‘close contact’ meaning the two will miss key games for club and country.
In a statement released last night, the club confirmed talks would be held as Christie admitted his disappointment due to the ramifications that isolation would bring for Celtic and Scotland.
“I am so disappointed by the events of today and the potential effects this could have on my country and club. As I have operated within these protocols for such a long time now, I am well aware of all the rules and social distancing from team mates has become the norm and something I have observed.
“The situation is very frustrating, particularly as I don’t believe I have done anything wrong.”
Yesterday, Arsenal voiced their dismay at NHS Lothian’s decision to order Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie to isolate, saying that the player was observing and adhering to the correct protocols so should therefore be exempt.
This is the second case of a Celtic player missing a club game whilst on international duty and begs the question why UEFA allowed games to take place. The Scottish Champions were rocked with the news that Odsonne Edouard had tested positive and may be unable to play in the 17 October fixture versus theRangers.