Scotland fans were hit with a huge dose of bad luck when three of their squad members were forced out of their playoff against Israel due to COVID-19. Southampton player Stuart Armstrong tested positive, but Arsenal defender Kieran Tierney will be forced to self-isolate as a result of close contact – as will Ryan Christie.
Arsenal.com has released the following statement as the Scots prepare to try and steer their way to UEFA Euro 2021.
“The Scottish FA have today announced that Southampton player Stuart Armstrong has returned a positive test for COVID-19 while on international duty with the Scotland men’s national team.
Within the announcement, the SFA confirmed that all other members of the squad have returned negative results.
However, the Lothian Health Protection Team in Scotland have identified two players and two members of the backroom staff as ‘close contacts’. As a consequence, our defender Kieran Tierney and Celtic player Ryan Christie – along with one physiotherapist and one masseur – have been advised they will require to self-isolate for 14 days as of yesterday (Tuesday, October 8).
Our medical team have confirmed that Kieran was socially distant at all times from the player who tested positive and has broken no rules regarding COVID-19 protocols. We are currently seeking further advice and clarification of the details.
Kieran has also been in touch and has said: “I’m so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation. I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team mates in the hotel. I’ve also tested negative. I know Arsenal and the SFA are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.”
It’s a big blow for Tierney but beyond that, this incident highlights the ever-present threat that COVID-19 still poses in our society. It may be tempting to pretend like that isn’t the case but it is, so stay safe out there.
What is your reaction to Tierney being forced out of the Scotland game?