Dundee United will find out this week if any of those players currently self-isolating will be free to play Rangers after a Covid-19 outbreak at the club.
According to Sky Sports, the Arabs remain hopeful that some players could be allowed to leave isolation to face the Gers with nine players and their entire first-team coaching staff currently ruled out.
This follows Dundee United’s 2-0 defeat to Livingston at the weekend with Steven Gerrard’s side set to visit Tannadice on Sunday.
As it stands only three of their backroom staff have tested positive, but manager Micky Mellon and the nine players have been identified as close contacts.
Sky Sports are claiming that Dundee United are continuing to liaise with NHS Tayside and the Scottish FA as they attempt to pinpoint the source of last week’s outbreak.
If they can do this, they can properly identify close contacts which may free up some coaching staff or some players to be involved in the crunch clash with Rangers.
Dundee United were slammed as “irresponsible” by the Scottish government for taking part in a team photo were players were closely bunched together prior to the outbreak [BBC Sport].
The situation has obviously hampered Dundee United’s preparations for the visit of Rangers but despite having nine players out the only regular starter affected is ex-Gers man Nicky Clark.
Key players such as striker Lawrence Shankland, defender Mark Reynolds and keeper Benjamin Siegrist played against Livingston and should be available against Rangers.
Meanwhile at Ibrox, Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been explaining that he hopes one of Rangers’ own Covid-19 casualties will return to action this week.