Confirmed: Midtjylland suffer positive Covid test before Celtic game

By David Walton

July 14, 2021

Midtjylland has announced that they’ve picked up a positive Covid test just a week out from their UEFA Champions League qualifier vs Celtic.

The Hoops will face the Danes on Tuesday in the first leg of our second qualifying round tie before a trip to Denmark a week later.

Up to now, everything had been rosy for Midtjylland under new manager Bo Henriksen ahead of Friday’s Danish Superliga opener against OB. But they’ve been rocked by the news that 19-year-old Aral Samsir has suffered a positive Covid test after the latest round of testing.

Samsir was part of the Midtjylland squad that took to Poland for their pre-season training camp. The club state that they believe the player has been infected via an outside source, and not as part of an internal outbreak.

The rest of the Midtjylland team tested negative. However, on Friday, they will go through their latest round of testing before Friday’s league opener.

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This will undoubtedly be hugely concerning for the football club. There are absolutely no guarantees that everyone else will test negative come their next batch.

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It’s especially worrying for them given Samsir was a massive part of the pre-season training camp in Poland. He went on the club’s recent survival trip and has been hanging around with the first team over the last couple of weeks.

It’s also interesting to hear Midtjylland claim that the player has picked it up externally. Surely you would think the Danish side’s players would’ve been in a bubble during their camp.

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Even so, this could have a rippling effect ahead of the Celtic match. It’s not out of the question that Midtjylland come into the tie massively downgraded in quality should this lead to an outbreak.

The initial positive case doesn’t affect their starting XI on Tuesday. Samsir is still a youngster looking to break into the first-team squad this season. But it’s what this could lead to that will have Henriksen concerned.

Fingers crossed Samsir makes a swift recovery. However, for now, all eyes will go towards their next testing phase before Friday’s game.

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