Hearts manager Robbie Neilson has rejected suggestions that Scottish football could be shut down again because of Covid and believes the upcoming winter break can help clubs get through the worst of the recent rise in cases.

Livingston boss David Martindale expressed his fear that the season may not be completed as Covid cases rise but Neilson doesn’t think we’re at that stage yet, with a few weeks until clubs get a three-week shutdown.

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The Jambos boss believes is clubs can keep their own houses in order then there should be no problems as he admitted that there are a lot of people who “need” football over the festive period.

“I don’t think we need that at the moment to be honest with you,” said Neilson.

“We’ve got the break coming up in January so that will hopefully allow us to see it out a wee bit.

“One of the things we need to remember about football is that people’s lives revolve around it a lot of the time and they need it over this festive period, hence the reason we have a lot of games.

“We have an obligation to make sure we don’t cause ourselves any problems and make sure we can get games on.

“We just need to make sure that we keep our house in order and players and staff look after themselves by following all the protocols.

“Hopefully we can get through this again.

“Touch wood, we’ve been all negative but like with anything, sometimes it’s outwith your control.”

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