Rival Scottish Premiership manager David Martindale has called for a two-week circuit breaker which would directly impact Rangers’ festive run-in.
The comments come amid a Covid-19 wave driven by the heavily infectious Omicron variant with Rangers’ weekend opponents Dundee United already impacted by the virus.
Down south, Manchester United have now had two matches called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak whilst Chelsea are in the midst of their own issues pertaining to the virus.
Livi boss David Martindale was pressed on the situation ahead of the weekend’s fixtures and believes a circuit-break type shutdown would be best for everyone.
“If you were asking me what would I do right now – I would shut the league down for two weeks. I would have a circuit-break and go again,” said David Martindale [STV News].
“I don’t believe it’s fair on teams even when they meet the criteria of 13 players, so many over-18, two goalkeepers. I don’t believe it’s fair for the competition and the product.
“A lot of these Covid issues are unrelated to the football club. I’ve got a member of staff who lives with her mum and she phoned in today, she can’t come in. She’s not got Covid but her mum has.
“My chef and one of the ladies at the front desk, they had a staff night out last week – they are isolated from the players – they went for a meal and two of them have potentially got Covid.
“Is that going to drip-feed into the football department very soon? I would imagine so.
“My daughter is at school so how many households is Georgia mixing with on a daily basis? Is Covid potentially going to come into my house, into Livingston Football Club? I think it is. Is there anything we can do to stop it? I genuinely don’t think there is.
“So we need to be clever on how we approach this. I think it’s going to have a massive impact on Scottish football over the next couple of weeks.”
David Martindale appeals for Covid-19 shutdown which would impact Rangers
Rangers will be watching the Covid-19 situation closely but have already been directly impacted by it this season.
A mixture of nine players and staff – including James Tavernier, Allan McGregor and then manager Steven Gerrard – missed the first Old Firm game of the season, which Rangers won.
However, this situation presents a new set of challenges due to the highly infectious nature of this variant and Rangers captain James Tavernier reassured fans the club is sticking to strict protocols.
Meanwhile, Rangers fans cannot stop praising a leading Ibrox star who continues to impress this season.