Two further Celtic players could be affected by Covid-19 issues ahead of a crunch weekend in their title tussle with rivals Rangers.

The Parkhead club have suffered as a result of Covid-19 issues in both international breaks this season, with four players directly affected after the last break.

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Ajer and Elyounoussi are important players for Celtic and could miss out due to Covid-19 issues in a crunch weekend of fixtures in the club’s title tussle with Rangers. (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group via Getty Images)

Now, Norwegian duo Kris Ajer and Moi Elyounoussi could miss the club’s clash with Hibs at Easter Road next weekend due to a Covid-19 positive in the Scandinavian country’s squad.

The Norway squad have been banned from leaving the country after Omar Elabdellaoui tested positive as a precaution [Scottish Sun].

Under current Norwegian rules, the players could be forced to complete 10 days of self-isolation effectively ensuring they’ll miss the crunch tie against Hibs.

However, those self-isolating can use transport to return to their place of residence [VG] but it remains unclear if they must continue isolating if they cross borders.

This Twitter thread by Cynic Wolf explains the situation very well and adds that he believes Celtic will clarify the situation directly.

There were fears earlier in the week about Rangers defender Borna Barisic being forced to self-isolate after teammate Domagoj Vida tested positive for the virus midway through a match.

Vida had been subbed at half-time but was then isolated from the squad after the result in a match Barisic did not play in, before the full-back returned in the 2-1 defeat to Sweden last night.

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Borna Barisic did not need to return to self-isolate after a positive test in the Croatia camp and returned to action against Sweden. (Photo by Michael Campanella/Getty Images)

With a crunch weekend ahead in the Scottish Premiership the situation with returning players could be pivotal in an enthralling title race.

Rangers are set to host Aberdeen at Ibrox whilst Celtic travel to a traditionally troublesome Easter Road.

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