Rangers could be impacted as a total of 11 Scotland U21s players have been told to isolate after Robby McCrorie and two other unnamed players tested positive for Covid-19.

The Daily Record reported on Friday night that McCrorie, who is currently on loan at Livingston, had returned a positive test after arriving back in West Lothian following international duty.

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Rangers loanee Robby McCrorie is the only player to have been named. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

An SFA statement has since confirmed that three players have tested positive and eight more have been identified as close contacts and ordered to self-isolate for 14 days [Scotsman].

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The four other Rangers players involved in the squad were Nathan Patterson, Glenn Middleton, Lewis Mayo and Brian Kinnear.

 

Kinnear is an Academy goalkeeper who has been recently been training with the Gers first team, while Mayo is on loan at Dunfermline and played the full 90 minutes of their win over Hearts on Friday night.

Middleton hasn’t made a first-team appearance so far this season, but Patterson has made ten of the Gers’ 14 Premiership matchday squads and is the club’s only specialist right-back other than James Tavernier.

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Scotland U21s star Nathan Patterson in action for Rangers. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If Patterson is one of those forced to isolate, it will be a blow for Steven Gerrard, who will be short on cover, not just for Sunday’s fixture against Aberdeen, but also for upcoming matches against Benfica, Falkirk and Standard Liege.

 

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