Ayr United are the latest team in Scotland to be affected by the Covid-19 virus. Recently Dundee United were badly hit by the virus, as their entire first-team coaching staff and nine players had to self-isolate.
The Championship side have released a statement on the club’s website, and their problem isn’t as severe as Dundee United’s has been.
The club have revealed that one member of the club’s first-team backroom staff has tested positive for Covid-19 and is currently isolating.
Protocols used have worked
The club has been in contact with the Scottish Government and SPFL and due to the protocols in place at the club no other member of staff or any players will be required to self-isolate. As a result, the game against Raith Rovers tonight will go ahead as it stands.
Ayr also reveal in the statement that their player Tom Walsh is currently self-isolating but that is due to being contacted by Track and Trace and is a separate matter from the virus affecting the member of staff.
Many clubs have been hit with virus
Ayr United will be pleased that the protocols that the club has put in place have worked. Obviously the club would have preferred that no member of staff tested positive, but many clubs will be and have been in the same position this season.
As the club have dealt with the situation properly, there seems no reason to cancel the fixture. It would have been a blow to both Ayr and Raith if the game had been postponed. Especially as the clubs are set to head into a very busy Christmas schedule.
Still, the game goes ahead, and Ayr will be looking to pick up the three points to end what must have been a difficult week on a high.