Scotland v Israel: Armstrong, Tierney & Christie out after positive Covid test


Stuart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie will miss Scotland’s Euro 2020 play-off semi-final against Israel after the former tested positive for Covid-19. Southampton midfielder Armstrong was the only member of the squad to return a positive test.

But Arsenal defender Tierney and Celtic attacker Christie must self-isolate for 14 days from Tuesday after being identified as close contacts. A team masseur and a physiotherapist are in the same position. Armstrong tested negative after arriving at the Scotland camp on Monday, but a subsequent Uefa test came back positive on Wednesday. He must self-isolate for 10 days from Tuesday.

As well as the Israel play-off, the trio will also miss the Nations League matches with Slovakia on Sunday and Czech Republic on Wednesday. Christie will also miss Celtic’s Old Firm meeting with Rangers on 17 October, while Tierney will miss Arsenal’s visit to Manchester City and Armstrong Southampton’s game with Chelsea the same day.

“While this is obviously disappointing news the most important thing is the health and safety of the individuals involved and the wider group,” said Scotland manager Steve Clarke. “We have informed the respective clubs from whom we have borrowed the players and backroom staff and we now have to prepare for a huge match ahead tomorrow.”

Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell confirmed that the rest of the squad have “returned two rounds of negative tests” and will continue to prepare for the upcoming matches.


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