In a boost for Rangers, an update from the Joint Response Group has confirmed that all passengers on buses or planes will not have to isolate if one individual tests positive for the Omicron variant.
Last week, it was stated that all passengers would be required to isolate for 10 days if one case emerged.
This led to major concern for football clubs and caused some to make late changes to their travel plans for their weekend fixtures.
However, on Monday, the Joint Response Group provided clarity by passing on updated advice from the Scottish Government.
“Contrary to initial advice, it has been confirmed that it is NOT the case that all passengers on board a plane or bus will be identified as close contacts.”
“The revised guidance received from Scottish Government is as follows. Close contact definition and assessment process remain as they are across all areas, with the ‘two row’ criteria currently in place continuing on plane/bus travel and ‘2m’ assessment used for changing areas, dining arrangements etc.”
SFA / SPFL Joint Response Group have confirmed to clubs that all players on a bus or plane will *not* be identified as close contacts of a positive covid case and forced to isolate for 10 days. Current two row and 2m criteria remains.
Full story to come on @ScotMailSport
— stephen.mcgowan (@mcgowan_stephen) December 13, 2021
This is a big boost for Rangers as the initial measures could have led to chaos during the busy festive period.
The Gers have already had to deal with one Covid outbreak this season, with their two main goalkeepers and a host of senior players ruled out of a Europa League playoff against Alashkert and an Old Firm, while former boss Steven Gerrard was forced to manage the team from home.
Wins were secured in both matches but the Light Blues could really do without such drama again or the prospect of having to rearrange multiple fixtures.
While a situation similar to what occurred in August remains entirely possible under the updated guidance, it’s now unlikely that the whole playing squad will be rendered unavailable for any fixtures.