Non-Premiership clubs will have to test their players for COVID-19 if they face Celtic or any other top-flight club in the Betfred Cup this season.

Neil Lennon’s men will enter the competition at the last 16 stage – aiming to win it for a remarkable fifth time in a row.

The group stage of the competition will be played prior to our entry though – as the SPFL confirmed some important details on Friday.

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Fraser Forster and Neil Lennon with the Betfred Cup trophy

Fraser Forster and Neil Lennon with the Betfred Cup trophy / (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

As per the BBC, lower league clubs will have to test their players any time they face Premiership opposition in the tournament.

The SPFL also say that clubs will forfeit a match 3-0 if they are “unable or unwilling to field a team” in round one of the competition.

Challenge Cup issues also sorted

Some details have been ironed out in the Challenge Cup too.

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The BBC say that Celtic, and all other Premiership sides, won’t be forced to enter a ‘colts’ team into the competition.

 

If we do, and they face lower league opposition, then tests will have to be carried out, but at the cost of ourselves.

Teams unable to fulfil a Challenge Cup tie will also forfeit the match.

Last season, we faced Championship opposition in the shape of both Dunfermline Athletic and Partick Thistle on our route to more glory.

We nearly came unstuck against Dunfermline

We nearly came unstuck against Dunfermline / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In similar circumstances this year, those clubs would be forced to have all of their players tested ahead of facing us.

This is due to lower league clubs not having to test their players for league duty this season (BBC) and the fact they would come into close contact with our players during a match.

We’re due to enter the competition in late November, with the semi-finals and final in January and February respectively.

In other news, Celtic can’t afford to take anything for granted against Riga FC next Thursday

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