As Rangers prepare for season 21/22, their 150th anniversary year, and the potential return of the Champions League and fans to Ibrox, the last thing anyone wants to read about is Covid-19.
Whilst Rangers were rampant in their race to 55 last season – and have went an entire campaign unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership – the pandemic’s impact was certainly noticeable.
It didn’t stop Rangers fans cheering on their team – and it certainly didn’t stop them celebrating – with that swell of Ibrox energy still very much evident throughout the campaign.
That said, the club clearly took the pandemic seriously and Rangers set the standard for Covid-19 protocols in Scotland.
As a result we reaped the benefits whilst many of our rivals floundered.
But the news coming out of one of the Ibrox club’s Scottish Premiership rivals is further evidence that not only has the virus not gone away, but that as a club we must be more vigilant than ever.
Ross County’s pre-season planning has been sent into disarray as the club suspend all football operations as a precaution after “a number” of players and staff tested positive for Covid-19.
Whilst the club’s official website didn’t go into great detail regarding the situation, it’s certainly not ideal with the big kick off less than a month away.
“A number of Ross County Players and Coaching staff have tested positive for COVID-19,” reads their statement.
“As a precaution the club has temporarily suspended football operations to prevent any further spread of the virus.”
As the country begins to open up, this should serve as a stark warning to Rangers that without the proper protocols one positive test can rip through an entire club.
Meanwhile, a leading Scottish tabloid has dismissed reports of a bid for a major Gers asset as they also make an agent claim regarding Premier League Wolves.