Aberdeen will head to Rangers this afternoon missing three of their players who were on Scotland U21s duty after a virus outbreak.
The Dons travel to Rangers in good spirits, currently sitting third in the Premiership table after a good opening spell in the campaign. But now they face the Gers without some of their key stars.
Scotland U21s have been affected by a Covid-19 outbreak. Celtic midfielder David Turnbull has tested positive for the virus while Rangers loanees from Aberdeen and Livingston, Ross and Robby McCrorie, have also received positive tests.
Ross McCrorie was already going to be missing for the Dons at Ibrox as Rangers are his parent club but now Derek McInnes is missing Lewis Ferguson and Connor McLennan.
The duo have been deemed as close contacts in the track and trace system, half of Scot Gemmill’s U21s squad affected by this news.
It’s a hammer blow for Pittodrie manager McInnes, who is now missing seven players altogether through injury and self-isolation measures.
Ferguson, McLennan and McCrorie will also not be available for the last 16 League Cup match against St Mirren next week.