Hamilton suffer positive case days before Celtic clash

By David Walton

December 22, 2020

An unnamed Hamilton Academical player has tested positive for Covid just days before Celtic visit.

The Hoops are scheduled to make the journey to South Lanarkshire on Boxing Day. The game at New Douglas Park will be another must-win for Neil Lennon’s men as we continue our pursuit of Rangers.

The unnamed player will now miss the game as well as fixtures against Livingston and St Johnstone respectively. However, Celtic will likely be keeping an eye on developments to see if any further positive cases arise.

Accies boss Brian Rice confirmed the news to day, and said the following to the BBC:

“I have spoken to him and he is very disappointed. He hasn’t got any symptoms, he has just come up positive.

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“Especially at this time of the year, having to self-isolate for 10 days, it is not nice for anybody. They are only human beings, they have families and kids.”

Celtic have had enough Covid problems this season

It appears that none of the player’s Accies teammates have been deemed as close contacts. However, that doesn’t mean the infection can’t have spread. That will be a bit of a concern for Celtic as they prepare to face Hamilton this weekend.

The last thing we need is another potential spread in our own dressing room. Celtic suffered several Covid-related absences back in October that led to our season going in a tail-spin. It led to a horrid run of form that we’re still trying to recover from.

Therefore, you could understand if this news concerned Neil Lennon just a tad. Even though all precautions will have been taken, nothing is 100% guaranteed with this virus.

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Clubs such as Kilmarnock and Dundee United have also had massive spikes in positive cases at differing stages this season. What it has shown is that it tends to have a massively adverse effect on results. That’s something that would be disastrous for our season.

Celtic will host Dundee United after the Accies clash before heading over to Ibrox in the New Year for the second derby of the campaign. Only wins in all of these matches will be deemed acceptable.

Hopefully, we have no more off-field issues that affect us in the coming weeks. We have enough problems to deal with at the moment without it.

In other news, an exciting Lennon comment today has paved the way for Ismaila Soro to win back his Celtic jersey.