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CELTIC AWAIT HIGH NOON ALL-CLEAR

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CELTIC are awaiting the Holyrood green light ahead of tonight’s rearranged Premiership fixture against Hibs at Parkhead.

The champions will discover around midday if they are to be given the all-clear from the Scottish Government after a series of self-isolation rules concerning travellers re-entering the country from Dubai.

The country’s rulers have instructed all arrivals from the United Arab Emirates city to self-isolate for 10 days upon their return to Scotland.

And the order is retroactively being applied to all arrivals since January 3 which would be a voluntary action.

That would include Neil Lennon and the ENTIRE travelling squad, including backroom staff and the players who touched down at Glasgow Airport on Friday the eighth.

The UK Government has stated sports people are exempt from the new rules as long as they were in the Gulf country to attend “elite training”.

The Hoops spent five days in Dubai during their annual warm-weather training camp as they prepared for the second half of the season.

It has been reported there has been “no decision” yet on whether Celtic qualify under that bracket, after the club announced on Twitter yesterday that a member of the first-team playing squad tested positive for covid, as CQN reported.

A decision is expected around lunchtime today – seven hours or so ahead of the 7.45pm kick-off against the Easter Road club.

A Government statement read: “Travellers returning from Dubai must quarantine on arrival in Scotland for 10 days from 4am on Monday (11 January). In addition, passengers who have travelled to Scotland from Dubai since 3 January are also being asked to isolate for 10 days, from the date they arrived back in the country.

“The change is due to a number of positive cases identified in passengers who have flown into Glasgow from Dubai since the new year. This preventative action addresses the significant rise in cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), and the increase in the numbers of cases testing positive in Scotland.

“Guidance remains clear that people should not be undertaking foreign travel other than in exceptional circumstances.”

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