In a boost for Rangers, their Premiership fixture against Dundee United is set to go ahead on Saturday.
Sky Sports reported on Wednesday that the Terrors had cancelled training after a positive test in the playing group and the Daily Record reported on Thursday morning that at least two United stars had returned positive tests.
Uncertainty surrounded the fixture with the results of other tests not yet known.
However, United manager Tam Courts insisted on Thursday afternoon that not only will the game go ahead, but his team will be well prepared to take on the champions and league leaders in their own back yard.
Rangers boost as Dundee United clash on
“Last week we had a positive case with a staff member and this week we have had a couple of positive cases within the player group,” he said [The Scotsman].
“But we have still been able to have a really good planning week and managed to minimise disruption, and I was at the Rangers game on Wednesday night.
“I still think we have a healthy squad to choose from and we are excited about the game. It’s almost been business as usual.”
It’s a big boost, as a postponement may have halted Rangers’ considerable momentum and created fixture scheduling issues.
United understrength but well prepared
Fair play to Tam Courts for taking a glass half full approach to the situation, rather than complaining about bad luck.
After all, a Covid scare is hardly ideal ahead of a trip to Ibrox to face an in-form Rangers side, particularly when you’ve lost each of your last three matches.
Given that the Gers have overcome several tough away challenges since Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s arrival and eased past St Johnstone at Ibrox on Wednesday, they would already have been confident of seeing off United.
And now, while they can’t allow complacency to set in against the only team to beat them in the Premiership so far this season, the fact that the visitors are set to be without several players only increases the chances of a comfortable home win.