Celtic are scheduled to return to Cinch Premiership action after Sunday’s League Cup Final, on Wednesday night with the short trip down the M8 to face St Mirren at the Simple Digital Arena.
The Saints however have now become the latest club to have to announce a Covid outbreak within their squad but are insisting that their forthcoming fixtures starting with the midweek match against Celtic will go ahead as scheduled. St Mirren are then scheduled to visit Ibrox on Boxing Day.
St Mirren have released the following Official Statement on the club’s own website:
“St Mirren Football Club can confirm that following recent lateral flow testing we have unfortunately received a number of positive Covid-19 cases.
“In line with Government guidelines, those affected have now taken PCR tests and will self-isolate for 10 days.
“Training has been suspended, but as it stands our upcoming matches will still go ahead. We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days.
“The health and wellbeing of our players and staff remains our utmost priority.
“St Mirren Football Club will make no further comment at this time.”
Nicola Sturgeon is scheduled to make an emergency statement this lunchtime and it’s looking very much like football is going to be impacted. Should the idea be mooted that reduced capacity crowds should be introduced in the short term, Celtic should instead argue for postponing the fixtures and playing them later in the season.
The last game before the winter break is on 3 January for the Edinburgh Derby – whether we can get there without Covid restricting intervening remains to be seen but it is looking increasing less likely.