Celtic are one of the Scottish Premiership clubs that have ordered South Korean testing kits to enable a return to training in mid-June, journalist Kheredine Idessane reported on BBC Radio Scotland this afternoon (12:10).
Each kit costs £35,000 and it’s said that Celtic have ordered two of them. The Scottish FA have also bought two, while top-flight side Ross County have invested in one.
These kits can process 15 swab tests per hour at a cost of £40 each, with results generated within 20 minutes.
It’s all in an effort to return to socially distanced training on 11th June, meeting the criteria laid out by the Scottish Government late last week. There are a number of protocols to meet to even enable players to return to Lennoxtown.
Idessane reported on Radio Scotland (31/05, 12:10) that staff from the testing company would carry out swab tests for the first fortnight after installation, with testing then able to be conducted by club medical staff twice a week.
Annually, after the initial expenditure on equipment, ongoing testing could cost Celtic more than £100,000 per year as it stands.
The new Scottish football season has been pencilled in for an August 1st start, as long as all testing, medical and behavioural protocols are in place and signed off by authorities and health experts.
Clearly Celtic are looking to be one of the clubs that lead the way on this issue and will be ensuring that the safety of staff and players is put at the forefront when considering a phased return to full training over the coming weeks and months.
Obviously the quicker that Neil Lennon and his squad can return to training safely, the more well prepared we will be for football when it does come back.
This investment should allow us to get to grips with testing requirements in short order.