BREAKING NEWS: Scotland’s new star Billy Gilmour tests positive for Covid, three days after the Chelsea youngster was named Man of the Match against England… putting him out of their Euro decider against Croatia
A man of the match display against England from the 20-year-old raised expectations that Scotland could progress from a winner-takes-all clash against Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday night.
But Gilmour will play no part against Luka Modric and Co after testing positive for the virus. He will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, all but ending his involvement at Euro 2020.
Billy Gilmour has tested positive for Covid-19, the Scottish Football Association confirmed
The Chelsea midfielder’s enforced absence in isolation is a huge blow to boss Steve Clarke
Scotland were looking to Gilmour to inspire a win in their crucial final game against Croatia
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.’
It remains unclear at this stage if anyone else in Scotland’s camp will be forced into isolation as a close contact of Gilmour.
Gilmour was left out of the side for the opening group defeat to Czech Republic but proved a revelation in the match at Wembley against England.
The Chelsea youngster was hailed by 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.
Even if Scotland progress without him, his 10-day isolation period would also rule him out of any last-16 tie.
More to follow.