• Players to miss Euro 2020 play-off and Nations League games
  • Impact also felt by Southampton, Celtic and Arsenal

Scotland’s preparations for the crucial visit of Israel have suffered major disruption after a positive Covid-19 test by Stuart Armstrong that also forced Ryan Christie and Kieran Tierney into isolation. Steve Clarke has lost Scott McKenna, Liam Palmer and Oliver Burke through injury.

Armstrong, the Southampton midfielder, was confirmed to have coronavirus during routine Uefa testing on Tuesday. Although the remainder of the Scotland squad returned negative results, Christie and Tierney have been identified as close contacts of Armstrong. So too have a physiotherapist and a masseur. Armstrong must isolate for 10 days from Tuesday but Christie, Tierney and the members of the backroom team face a period of 14 days. They will all also miss upcoming Nations League games against Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

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