Celtic have made urgent contact with the SFA as they look for assurances over their players’ safety, according to the Daily Record.
Scotland will face the Czech Republic tonight in Olomouc with the Czechs having to play a shadow side due to a Covid threat forcing their A team to pull out.
The country is one of the hotspots for the virus in Europe at the moment. That’s therefore led to some panic regarding the safety of the Scotland staff who have travelled over for the game.
The Record reports that as many as nine Celtic representatives are with the national team. As well as Ryan Christie, James Forrest, Greg Taylor, and Callum McGregor, the Hoops also have a further five backroom staff members heading out with the squad.
The newspaper believes that Peter Lawwell made a call to Hampden in a bid to get some assurances over his staff’s safety. This comes after Rod Petrie and Ian Maxwell of the SFA didn’t travel to the Czech Republic primarily down to health concerns.
Celtic right to be extra cautious
Lawwell is well within his rights to be extra wary here. The last thing Celtic need at the moment is to bring any carriers into Lennoxtown given the start to the season we’ve had.
The Hoops are already playing catch-up on the rest of Scottish football after missing two matches due to Boli Bolingoli’s jaunt to Spain and failure to quarantine upon return. Another incident that forces Lennnoxtown into lockdown could be disastrous for our season.
However, there are no reports of the likes of Christie and co jetting back to Scotland as of yet. With the game taking place tonight, there will be a desire from many of the players to make a positive impact for their country after Friday’s disappointing Israel draw.
The fact that Petrie and Maxwell didn’t travel is concerning though. If there’s even a scintilla of evidence that travelling is putting their health in danger, then you have to wonder why the playing and backroom staff are going.
The cynical side of me makes me think that they’re putting a Nations League game ahead of player safety if there remains genuine concerns regarding the environment Scotland are stepping into.
For Celtic fans, it’ll just be a case of hoping the players get the job done for Scotland and coming back without having picked anything up. But given our previous postponements, you can hardly blame the club for being extra cautious.