The Scottish Government could throw the Premiership season into disarray after another breach of the COVID-19 protocols.

Eight Aberdeen players are currently self-isolating after going to a bar which turned out to be the centre of a virus outbreak in the city. Now Celtic defender Boli Bolingoli has breached the guidelines by taking a secret trip to Spain, failing to tell Celtic or isolate for 14 days upon his return.

Kilmarnock v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Kilmarnock faced Celtic at the weekend. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Pool via Getty Images)

These incidents have prompted fears that the Premiership, in only its third week, could be paused by the government. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stated last week that she was furious with the eight Aberdeen players involved in the first breach, two of whom tested positive for the virus.

 

Premiership captains and managers met with national clinical director for Scotland Professor Jason Leitch as the warnings over breaches were hammered home yesterday. The recent news surrounding Celtic’s left-back will be most unwelcome.

There is a midweek card of fixtures scheduled, with Dundee United set to host Hibs this evening before five more games tomorrow.

Action due at Tannadice. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

A Scottish Government spokesperson told the BBC: “If confirmed as another serious incident within Scottish football, where protocols have been breached at the risk of wider public health, then the Scottish Government will have little choice but to consider whether a pause is now needed in the resumption of the game in Scotland.”

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