Aberdeen are in turmoil ahead of their trip to Ibrox on Sunday, with seven players set to miss out on facing league leaders Rangers.
Earlier this week, Dons manager, Derek McInnes, confirmed that five players were out of contention for the game [afc.co.uk].
Dylan McGeouch, Marley Watkins, Jonny Hayes and Niall McGinn are all injured while Ross McCrorie is ineligible due to the terms of his loan deal.
On Saturday afternoon, two further players were ruled out [afc.co.uk]. One Dons star, believed to be McCrorie [Evening Express], tested positive for Covid-19 following Scotland U21s duty and as a result, close contacts Connor McLennan and Lewis Ferguson have been ordered to self-isolate for 14 days.
Aberdeen FC is highly disappointed to confirm that, upon returning from international duty with Scotland Under 21’s, a member of the first team squad yesterday tested positive for COVID-19.
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— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) November 21, 2020
Both are important players, with McLennan starting Aberdeen’s last four league matches, while Ferguson has been a standout performer in midfield, scoring nine goals and notching three assists in 15 appearances in all competitions this season.
The visitors are now severely understrength for the fixture and Celtic’s draw with Hibernian will provide extra incentive for Steven Gerrard’s men.
Victory on Sunday would move the Gers 11 points clear at the top of the Premiership table.
It’s early days yet and the Hoops would still hold two games in hand, but opening up a double-figure points gap would provide a serious psychological boost for Rangers and pile more pressure on Neil Lennon.
Aberdeen have secured a number of victories in Glasgow since Gerrard’s appointment, but the home side are much improved this season and they’ll be hoping to hit the ground running after the international break.