There has been another Covid-19 outbreak in Scottish football, and once more Celtic are unfortunately affected. As reported by BBC Sport, David Turnbull is one of three players from Scotland’s under-21 squad that have tested positive for the virus.
The player has to isolate for 10 days. Incredibly enough, a total of 11 squad players and two staff members have to self-isolate.
Hoops once again affected by virus
International football has been a real problem for Celtic this season. Odsonne Edouard, Hatem Elhamed and Nir Bitton all test positive for Covid-19 whilst on international duty, whilst Ryan Christie was forced to self-isolate after being named as a close contact of Stuart Armstrong, who tested positive.
It really is a bit of a shambles that international football has taken place at all. Neil Lennon was angry about the Turnbull situation, as reported by 67HH, and who can blame him?
What this recent outbreak does do is vindicate recent comments made by Celtic’s Nir Bitton. The Israel star recently called for international fixtures to be cancelled as the pandemic shows no signs of slowing down.
“It’s almost impossible to control this virus when you go away with your national team. You mix with a lot of players from different countries and different bubbles. If it was my decision, I would cancel international football” Bitton said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
Bitton knows what dealing with the virus is all about. It took him time to recover and return to full fitness and the Celtic first-team.
Thankfully no more international football until March
The only good thing is that there is no international football now until March.
Hopefully by that time the pandemic is coming to an end, and there will be a vaccine available. Still, there should have been no international football until the pandemic had slowed down a bit.
Hopefully Turnbull and the other infected players make quick recoveries and are back in action soon.