Decision taken on Rangers matches as authorities reach
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Decision taken on Rangers games as SPFL reach "uncontestable" decision

The SPFL’s Coronavirus Join Response Group have reached an “uncontestable” decision on this week’s Scottish Premiership fixtures – with Rangers’ tie against St. Johnstone set to go ahead.

The Ibrox fixture was under threat when the Scottish Government suggested they would “consider” halting the Scottish Premiership season after further player breaches.

The “uncontestable” decision comes after Nicola Sturgeon fired a warning shot to Rangers and the rest of Scottish football. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Celtic full-back Boli Bolingoli caused a storm when the player jetted off to Spain before returning to Scotland, failing to self-isolate for the required two weeks, and playing against Kilmarnock.

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This came after eight Aberdeen players visited city centre bars after the 1-0 defeat to Rangers, with two of them testing positive for the coronavirus after an outbreak in the northeast.

As fears grew about Scottish football grinding to a halt, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon handed Scottish football a yellow card and suggested Aberdeen and Celtic wouldn’t play for a week.

Now the SPFL have confirmed the postponement of this week’s Aberdeen and Celtic fixtures, in turn giving the blue light for the Gers to stretch out a lead against St. Johnstone and Livingston.

An SPFL statement reads:

“During discussions this morning with the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing a request was received – and subsequently agreed by the Joint Response Group – for the postponement of the following fixtures:

Wednesday 12th August
Aberdeen v Hamilton Academical
St Mirren v Celtic

Saturday 15th August
Celtic v Aberdeen

“Rod Petrie, Chair of the JRG: ‘The Joint Response Group has acted swiftly and decisively in addressing the latest concerns raised by the minister on behalf of Scottish Government.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard will be allowed to welcome St. Johnstone to Ibrox tomorrow evening. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

“While the decision to postpone these games is deeply regrettable nevertheless in the circumstances it is unavoidable and uncontestable.

“The JRG members were astounded to learn of the recklessness demonstrated by Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo in his breach of government public health guidance and football protocols.”

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard had previously warned Scottish football could be “cancelled” if rule breaches continued and praised his players for adhering to protocol [RangersTV].


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