Hibernian postpone game due to Covid cases just days after playing Celtic

By Euan Davidson

October 30, 2021

The SPFL have announced that Ross County v Hibernian will be postponed due to Covid cases, mere days after Hibs faced Celtic at Easter Road.

The Bhoys beat Hibernian 3-1 on Wednesday night, with Jack Ross missing several players due to injury and suspension. Since then, an outbreak of Covid cases has led to crisis at the Easter Road club.

Hibs requested a postponement to the tie in Dingwall, because they don’t have enough players. That’s deeply concerning from a Celtic perspective, given that the team was playing in Leith mere days ago.

An SPFL statement read:

“This afternoon’s cinch Premiership match between Ross County and Hibernian at the Global Energy Stadium has been postponed.

“Hibernian requested that the SPFL postpone the fixture as, due to positive Covid cases and close contacts, they do not have sufficient players available to fulfil the fixture.

“An SPFL spokesman said: “After reviewing the information provided by Hibernian, Saturday’s match between Ross County and Hibernian has been postponed and a further update will be provided in due course.”

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How will Hibernian Covid issues affect Celtic?

Without hyperbole or speculation, you’d have to imagine some rapid testing will be taking place at Celtic Park just now.

Although most players in the top-flight will be double vaccinated, it is still possible to spread Covid. Especially when you’re a footballer, in close proximity to other players on a pitch.

Celtic, as of yet, haven’t commented on this situation. The likelihood is, though, the SPFL will be extra-cautious in order to prevent a league-wide outbreak of Covid-19.

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If Hibs are so depleted by cases and close contact protocols though, it can’t exactly be good. Here’s hoping that Celtic will be able to report negative tests and carry on unimpeded against Livingston.

Given the injury worries Celtic have had this season, it would be horrible luck. Let alone the fact that the Bhoys travel to Hungary to face Ferencvaros on Thursday.

We’ll have updates on the situation as it develops.

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