Hibs have confirmed that Celtic have rejected their request for additional testing to be carried out ahead of the match at Celtic Park tonight.
The Parkhead club have 16 players and staff self-isolating after a positive Covid-19 test following a trip to Dubai, Celtic moving this fixture to Monday from Saturday in order to fly abroad. Due to this, Hibs asked for more tests to be carried out.
Now the Easter Road side have released a statement, saying they have did everything they can to ensure player safety: “Hibernian FC today reiterated it would do everything possible to ensure it meets its duty of care to all players and staff ahead of tonight’s fixture at Celtic Park.
“The club had asked the SPFL and Celtic to carry out an additional round of ‘on the day’ Covid 19 testing of Celtic players to provide an extra measure of assurance. We regarded this as a reasonable request – given the incubation period of the virus – but, unfortunately, our request was refused.
“The request followed 16 members of staff and players at Celtic being told to self-isolate on their return from an overseas training camp to Dubai after a positive result for one player, Christopher Julien, who is long-term injured and whom we wish a speedy recovery.
“The SPFL made clear that not fulfilling the fixture would have severe consequences for Hibernian. The club also notes that we are being asked to fulfil this fixture less than two weeks from our Betfred Cup semi-final. We have been assured by the SPFL that any Covid 19 issues that may arise from fulfilling this fixture will be taken into account, and the semi-final postponed if required.”