Billy Gilmour tests positive for Covid and will miss Scotland group decider | Scotland

Scotland’s plans for their crucial Group D game against Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday have been seriously disrupted after Billy Gilm...


Scotland’s plans for their crucial Group D game against Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday have been seriously disrupted after Billy Gilmour, who played a starring role in the draw at Wembley on Friday, tested positive for Covid-19. Gilmour will now complete 10 days of isolation.

In a statement on Monday, the Scottish Football Association said: “The Scottish FA can confirm that a member of the Scotland national team playing squad, Billy Gilmour, has tested positive for Covid-19.

“Having liaised with Public Health England since the positive test was recorded, Billy will now self-isolate for 10 days and therefore miss tomorrow’s Uefa Euro 2020 Group D match against Croatia.”

Gilmour will be confined to his room at Scotland’s training base in the north-east of England, as Steve Clarke’s team chase the win against Croatia that they hope would take them to the knockout stage. There is a notable absence of detail about any close contacts of the Chelsea midfielder in the Scottish FA release, although the remaining 25 members of the squad trained on Monday morning.

In his first start for his country, the 20-year-old Gilmour returned a superb Wembley performance in central midfield. It had seemed inevitable he would keep his place for the Croatia fixture. Clarke is due to give a media conference on Monday evening, where the status of the remainder of the Scotland squad should be confirmed.

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Stuart Armstrong came on for Gilmour against England and would be the favourite to start in his place. England’s players and staff returned negative Covid tests on Sunday.

Zlatko Dalic, Croatia’s coach, has admitted his players are “afraid” of the Covid backdrop. Croatia ditched plans for a training base in Scotland during Euro 2020 because of concerns over the strictness of Covid rules, opting to fly in and out of the UK for group games.

“All of them are afraid but nonetheless, we have to play, concentrate on the game and forget everything else,” said Dalic. “That’s how the situation is for this entire Euros. All of us have been negative until now, we are taking all the precautions and implement all of the measures. But we just have to see what happens.

“Every third day we go through the tests, there is psychological pressure and uncertainty. So we are afraid something would happen, they test positive and we all end up isolating and having those serious issues.”

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