“Celtic will, of course, fulfil its fixture against Hibernian this evening.”
Celtic have confirmed that 15 of their players and staff, including manager Neil Lennon, will be required to self-isolate due a case of Covid-19 within the squad.
The Scottish champions, however, say that their match against Hibernian on Monday night will still go ahead.
Celtic defender Christopher Jullien tested positive for Covid-19 and manager Lennon, assistant coach John Kennedy and 13 players are deemed to be close contacts.
The club says every other member of the first-team tested negative following the team’s return from a training camp in Dubai last Friday.
However, the Scottish champions will be without many first-team members for the visit of Hibs.
Celtic released a statement on the matter, which reads:
Celtic Football Club confirmed today that Christopher Jullien has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating at home. We wish Christopher a speedy recovery.
While all of the other members of the squad and backroom team have tested negative, we have been informed by the authorities that, having been deemed ‘close contacts’, Celtic manager Neil Lennon, assistant John Kennedy and 13 first-team players will be required to self-isolate on a precautionary basis as required by the current regulations.
The Club would like to thank the Scottish FA, JRG and the Scottish Government for their assistance in managing this case. Celtic will, of course, fulfil its fixture against Hibernian this evening.
Clearly, we are hugely disappointed, as we know our supporters will be. The contacts were identified during the period from Wednesday last week, primarily around flight and team coach travel, during which time Celtic applied the same rigorous protocols used for pre-season training camps, UEFA match travel and for all domestic match arrangements in Scotland.
These protocols have served us well in the past, as the Club has not had one positive case in our own ‘bubble’ until now. As we have already stated, Celtic’s decision to travel to Dubai for a training camp was for performance reasons. Whilst we were in Dubai, the announcements made on January 4 significantly changed the COVID landscape.
The reality is that a case could well have occurred had the team remained in Scotland, as other cases have done in Scottish football and across UK sport in the past week.
Celtic has done everything it can to ensure we have in place the very best procedures and protocols. From the outset of the pandemic, Celtic has worked closely with the Scottish Government and Scottish football and we will continue to do so.
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