Scotland manager Steve Clarke says there is no correlation between his side’s Covid-19 scare and the Celtic situation in Dubai earlier this year.

John Fleck tested positive for the virus before Scotland’s 2-2 draw with Netherlands in Spain on Wednesday, Clarke forced to leave six players out the match as a precaution. Celtic chiefs are said to be ‘miffed’ over the Scotland camp getting off easy with Spanish authorities after they were slammed for their winter trip to the Middle East.

Fleck caught Covid-19.

Fleck caught Covid-19. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic had 16 players and staff in quarantine after two positive cases, but the rules in Spain allow Scotland to avoid a similar fate. Clarke says there isn’t a link (Daily Record): “I’m not sure it’s got anything to do with Celtic. Celtic had their own problems.

“We work the way we work. We went away for a training camp, to prepare for a major tournament. Unfortunately John must have been in contact with someone before coming away. The protocols have been good and fingers crossed we’ve got it under control. But it’s got nothing to do with the Celtic situation.

“I know the way the Scottish psyche thinks. With Celtic and Rangers then people make a connection. But this is about the Scottish national team preparing for their first major tournament in a hell of a long time.”

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