Rangers will be contacted by a ‘furious’ Nicola Sturgeon over the Covid breach at Aberdeen which has forced the postponement of the Dons’ clash with Aberdeen and threatens the restart of football in Scotland.

Two players have tested positive while six more are isolating and the First Minister rightly blasted Aberdeen over it and confirmed would be contacting “all club captains and managers.”

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01: Steven Gerrard, Manager of Rangers FC arrives at the stadium prior to the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on August 01, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

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“The Scottish Government will be contacting all club captains and managers to emphasise the importance of complying with the guidelines,” Sturgeon said.

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“Football has been given the go-ahead on the strict condition that clubs and players abide by the guidance which has been agreed.

“If they don’t do that they put at risk the return of the professional game.

“Footballers, as we all know, are role models and they should behave accordingly.

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“But it is important to remind the club and indeed all clubs of the obligation they have to ensure their players are behaving responsibly and in line with the guidance.”

 

After news emerged of the positive tests and the circumstances behind them, the Scottish Government held talks with the league and FA before the decision was made to postpone Aberdeen’s trip to Perth.

The Granite City has been the centre of a cluster of cases and localised restrictions have been enforced as they try to get it under control and minimise the risk to others.

Sturgeon couldn’t hide how angry she was, admitting she was “pretty furious” and insisting that the players heading to a bar in the city after losing to Rangers “shouldn’t have been allowed to happen.”

ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 01: A general view of Pittodrie Stadium prior to the Premiership match between Aberdeen and Rangers at Pittodrie Stadium on August 1, 2020 in Aberdeen, Scotland. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors.

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“This morning the Scottish Government convened a meeting with the SFA and the SPFL and following those discussions the football authorities have confirmed that the game between Aberdeen and St Johnstone scheduled for tomorrow in Perth will not now go ahead,” Sturgeon added.

“I think that is the right decision.

“I am pretty furious about this situation and it shouldn’t have been allowed to happen.”

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