The Scottish Premiership has been rocked by the news that three people associated with Hamilton Academical have contracted the coronavirus.
In a statement on their website, Hamilton do not make it clear if this directly involves first-team players but have suspended first-team training as a result.
“Hamilton Academical FC can confirm three positive COVID-19 test results,” reads the statement.
“Those affected will now self-isolate in line with Scottish Government & JRG guidelines for 10 days.
“As a precaution, first-team & academy operations have been suspended for today whilst we deep clean the building.
“We will return to normal business tomorrow with further tests planned for all players & staff.”
The news of the positive tests come after two St. Mirren goalkeepers tested positive last week, forcing a third into isolation and the Saints to sign Hearts’ Zdenek Zlamal on emergency loan for the weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Hibernian.
Hamilton are due to visit Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.
Once again this highlights the fragility of the footballing situation in Scotland although Hamilton deserve credit for managing to isolate these cases.
Should the likes of Rangers have a positive test(s) in the coming weeks and months it would almost certainly prove a challenge for the club’s season amid isolation guidelines.
After St. Mirren were forced to play the weekend’s match with Hibernian there’s a growing sentiment that this has set a precedent for the rest of the league.
“A lot of people have said the SPFL wouldn’t have forced the Old Firm to play if either had been in the same situation but that is very easy for us to say now,” said St. Mirren legend Campbell Money [Daily Record].
“A precedent has been set and Celtic would have to do the exact same and go and get someone on an emergency loan if the same thing happened to them ahead of Wednesday’s game.
“For me, it’s a really dangerous precedent and given the way the SPFL arrived at the decision there’s a real possibility that it will happen again.
“The lack of available dates to rearrange games means there is pressure to get fixtures played in order to complete the season and if that wasn’t the case then I’m pretty sure the game would have been called off.”
Rangers are yet to be rocked by their own coronavirus scandal but the likes of closest rivals Aberdeen and Celtic have been impacted by player breaches earlier in the campaign.