Hibs are waiting to see if their match with Celtic goes ahead this evening as the Scottish government mull over whether the Parkhead side will get an elite sport exemption.
Controversy surrounds this game already, the fixture moved to this evening from Saturday, January 9th, to accommodate Celtic’s trip to Dubai for warm weather training. It’s a decision that has sparked debate.
But now there are some doubts over the game after a Celtic player tested positive for Covid-19 following the club’s return to Scotland on Friday night. The Scottish government then announced people arriving in Scotland from Dubai since 3 January are being asked to self-isolate for 10 days.
Hibs looked set to travel to Parkhead as planned as Celtic would fall under the elite sports exemption banner but that is under review. The Scottish government says it is in contact with Celtic, as are officials from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
A government spokesperson has said that ministers hope to make an announcement by lunchtime on whether Celtic can avoid guidance under an ‘elite sports’ exemption. Now departed Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster was already ‘fizzing’ about the fixture being moved back two days.
Now a statement has been released by the government on advice for those coming back from Dubai: “Travellers returning from Dubai must quarantine on arrival in Scotland for 10 days from 4am on Monday (11 January).
“In addition, passengers who have travelled to Scotland from Dubai since 3 January are also being asked to isolate for 10 days, from the date they arrived back in the country.
“The change is due to a number of positive cases identified in passengers who have flown into Glasgow from Dubai since the new year. This preventative action addresses the significant rise in cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the increase in the number of cases testing positive in Scotland.”