England players are at risk as Andy Robertson deletes a video of him with Covid-positive Billy Gilmour days after he hugged his team-mates.
The Scot captain and Liverpool player has taken down a Instagram story clip of him playing table tennis with John McGinn and Billy Gilmour after news broke of the youngster’s positive test on Monday morning.
It remains unclear at this stage if anyone else in Scotland’s camp will be forced into isolation as a close contact of Gilmour. LBC first stated that McGinn and Robertson will be, before it was then said that Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell are forced to do the same.
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All other coronavirus tests within the Scotland camp are reported to have returned negative on Monday morning while the Scottish Football Association are in discussions with Public Health England regarding ‘close contacts’, but none have been identified.
Scotland’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the European Championships are now at more risk after the player, who put in a man of the match display against England, raised expectations that Scotland could progress from a winner-takes-all clash against Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.
However Gilmour will play no part against Luka Modric and Co after testing positive for the virus and he will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, all but ending his involvement at Euro 2020.
A statement from the Scottish FA read: ‘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 at Hampden.’
Gilmour was left out of the side for the opening group defeat by Czech Republic but proved a big hit in the match at Wembley against England.
He was seen hugging some of his Chelsea team-mates after the game and it would be expected that there will be question marks around both defender Ben Chilwell and midfielder Mason Mount prior to England’s final group game.
Chilwell e Mount reencontrando Gilmour no fim do jogo 🏴🏴
— Ben Chilwell Brasil 🇧🇷🏴 (@chilwellbrasil) June 19, 2021
Gilmour’s positive test is the second to hit the Scotland camp since the squad met up earlier this month.
Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck sat out both of the warm-up fixtures against Holland and Luxembourg after contracting the virus.
Another six players missed the 2-2 draw with the Netherlands as a precaution, although they were not formally designated close contacts of Fleck.
Scotland boss Steve Clarke is due to hold a press conference on Monday at 5.45pm.
Gilmour was praised massively by ex-footballers turned pundits Patrick Vieira, Graeme Souness and Gary Neville as a difference maker and his enforced absence arrives as a crushing blow for Scotland and their hopes of progressing.
‘I really love his technical ability. He loves to get on the ball,’ Vieira said on ITV.
‘His team-mates aren’t scared to give him the ball because they know how good he is on the ball. I think he has a really good future ahead of him.’
Even if Scotland progress without him, his 10-day isolation period also rules him out of any last-16 tie.
Fans reacted with the England players at potential risk as Andy Robertson deletes a video of him with Covid-positive Gilmour…
— Kerry Daniels (1x💉) (@kezmodo) June 21, 2021
Take it Mason Mount won’t be playing for England tomorrow either pic.twitter.com/dD0JS5Ei28
— CalHibs (@CLHibs) June 21, 2021
— David McLennan 🏴 (@davemclennan14) June 21, 2021
— ismaliasorocsc (@ismaliasorocsc) June 21, 2021
— Scott Wilson (@ScottWilson_95) June 21, 2021
@WillBackhouse01: He’s done well to catch it from Kalvin Phillips back pocket.
@TheReverend63: Help me out here Will , please. You an alleged football fan, yet unconfirmed, are implying that the player who received the man of the match award spent the game in another players pocket ??
@johnmcnallyavon: So surely everyone INCLUDING the England players who have been in contact with him must self isolate. Track and trace and all that. Will the tournament be in doubt now? 😡😡😡😡
@SmiggoM: How does one man out of a massive group of people test positive for the most contagious viruses.. he’s surely been around everyone.. touched things others have touched.. I just don’t get this virus
@akaollie1903: How in the f**k has this been able to happen
@MickeyM51050192: Does that mean the entire English midfield will have to self isolate considering they spent Friday evening in his pocket.
@TheRovingBlade: Need to calm down troops, sure he had a magnificent game against them, we are definitely not a 1 man team, We can do the Croatians with or without young Gilmour, it must be a heartbreaker personally for the young guy.
@laurabarr38: so surely the whole squad will have to self isolate thought that’s how it works rest of us have to 😂🙈
@barclaypeter7: Does that not mean both Scotland and England Squads should all be self isolating as close contacts all in bubbles, or does that only count for us plebs? Serious question!
@jaco45er: I’m guessing technically yes, but won’t happen imho
@gaelic67: How is this even possible if correct precautions are being taken? And if he is positive, does that not mean that team-mates and England players could have it too?
@sullicidal: you’ve gotta be taking the piss
@dylboy72: This is the most Scotland thing ever
@1joegriffith: How come the entire squad aren’t having to self isolate? My boy has just gone back to school today after isolating for 10 days because someone in his class had covid. Can’t tell me changing rooms, bus, hotel etc aren’t close contact areas. Elitism hypocrisy.
@smifffyd: He didn’t catch it off Rice or Phillips, they didn’t get that close to him
@robbie_byrnes: So, presumably he has been mixing with the rest of the team, surely they need to self isolate too? Is that not how it goes?
@Keninho83: Be back for the semis and final though, thankfully
@McHaggis9: I’m gonna jump right in here, the excuse tomorrow will be “would have been a different result if Gilmour was playing”.