Rangers affected as SPFL launch new Covid breach disciplinary measures
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Rangers affected as SPFL launch new Covid breach disciplinary measures

The SPFL have charged Celtic, Aberdeen and those players involved in breaching coronavirus guidelines as the game’s executive promises to get tough on those breaking the rules with new disciplinary measures.

The decision comes after both Aberdeen and Celtic were forced to postpone matches due to player breaches with Rangers and all the other clubs affected by the SPFL’s latest move.

Derek McInnes will be extremely frustrated as eight of his players and the Dons face up to new SPFL disciplinary measures for Covid-19 breaches. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Taking to their official website to the announce the news, the SPFL have retrospectively charged the two clubs and their players after “outlining a range of measures agreed with the Scottish Government to reinforce Scottish football’s commitment to public health” [SPFL].

The following players have been charged under SPFL disciplinary rules 24 (failure to comply with the laws and guidelines) and 71 (bringing the game into disrepute):

Jonny Hayes, Scott McKenna, Sam Cosgrove, Craig Bryson, Bruce Anderson, Dylan McGeouch, Matty Kennedy and Michael Devlin (Aberdeen FC).

Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo (Celtic FC).

The principal hearing date will be the 28th of August.

The SPFL have also opened up separate disciplinary proceedings against Aberdeen and Celtic for allegedly breaching the SPFL’s Covid-19 Requirements and Testing Regulation.

Aberdeen’s players visited city centre bars after the 1-0 defeat to Rangers on the 1st of August as an outbreak was starting in the northeast city.

Two of the players tested positive whilst another six had to quarantine, with the eight seemingly guilty of breaching the three-household rule.

Celtic star Boli Bolingoli jetted off to Spain for a short break before returning to Scotland and failing to quarantine for the necessary 14 days.

Worse than this, the defender would also then come on as a substitute in Celtic’s 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock last weekend.

Celtic have also been charged after full-back Boli Bolingoli breached protocol and jetted off to Spain. (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

Both incidents drew the ire of the Scottish Government with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon demanding to know what the SPFL would do to “get their house in order” [Guardian].

This is a stark reminder to Rangers and the rest of the teams in Scottish football of the seriousness of the situation concerning Covid breaches with the rest of the club’s watching on as a precedent is set.