As national clinical director Jason Leitch confirms there has been no major outbreak from Rangers fan celebrations a fortnight ago, the government owe the club and its fans a major apology.
After Rangers secured their long-awaited 55th title, Gers fans broken lockdown rules and attended gatherings at Ibrox and in George Square to celebrate.
Rangers then took the brunt of huge criticism from politicians who believe the club should’ve and could’ve done more to prevent the celebrations.
One of these comments came from justice minister Humza Yousaf, who even claimed UEFA were watching with a view to removing host city status to Glasgow for Euro 2020. They weren’t.
Another who made this claim was clinical director Leitch and speaking yesterday he confirmed – thankfully – that there had been no major Covid-19 spike as a result of the celebrations.
“We have no specific intelligence that mass gatherings from last weekend for example – the weekend before now – have led specifically to outbreaks in Lanarkshire,” said Leitch, the National Clinical Director for Scotland speaking to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament’s Covid-19 committee [Scotsman].
“We do have a few Test and Protect cases who were at mass gatherings as we’ve said this week.
“We’ve got nothing specific of a large scale outbreak as a result of those activities.”
Since those celebrations football fans have been patronised and threatened by the government who needed assurances from both clubs and fans that there would be no gathering for this weekend’s Old Firm.
Quick to jump on the celebrations, they’re not so quick to hold their hands up and admit they got it wrong and Rangers – at the very least – deserve a massive apology from the Scottish Government after days of aggressive coverage.
But should Rangers fans expect one? Coverage of different gatherings in close proximity to each other show a huge disparity in how different groups have been covered.