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BREAKING: Key Scotland players out of crucial tie following positive COVID test

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Three Scotland players have been forced to self-isolate after a positive COVID test was returned in the camp.

A positive result for Southampton midfielder Stuart Armstrong means that he will need to isolate for ten days from October 6.

Celtic’s Ryan Christie and Arsenal’s Kieran Tierney will also be required to isolate after being recognised as close contacts. Both Tierney and Christie must isolate for a 14-day period.

This means that all three players will miss Scotland’s upcoming Euro play-off against Israel and the subsequent Nation’s League games against Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Liam Palmer, Scott McKenna and Oliver Burke have also all withdrawn from the squad due to injury

All six of the players affected would likely have played a role in all games for Scotland, leaving boss Steve Clarke with a selection crisis on his hands.

A statement by the National Team boss Steve Clarke said: “While this is disappointing news the most important thing is the health and safety of the individuals involved and the wider group.

“As soon as we were informed of the positive test, the Chief Medical Consultant immediately contacted the Scottish Government’s clinical adviser, who in turn alerted the local Health Protection Team.

“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”

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