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LAWWELL SEEKS SAFETY ASSURANCES FOR CELTS

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CELTIC have sought assurances their players will not be at risk of getting coronavirus when Scotland face the Czech Republic in Olomouc this evening.

Chief executive Peter Lawwell also contacted the SFA bosses for safety discussions with infection numbers across the country hitting new highs over the last week, according to a report in the Daily Record.

Four Hoops stars – Greg Taylor, Ryan Christie, James Forrest and Calllum McGregor – are in the squad while another five of the Lennoxtown staff make up part of the technical support team.

The trip was thrown into disarray late on Friday night when the Czech government ordered Head Coach Jaroslav Silhavy and his players to go into quarantine following 
a 3-1 win in Slovakia, prompting the Hampden bosses’ decision to call the game off.

SFA president Rod Petrie and chief executive Ian Maxwell were not in the 
travelling party as boss Steve Clarke and his players flew out for the Nations League tie.

It is understood the decision 
to stay at home was based chiefly on health and safety grounds.

The no-show comes after the Czech FA refused to respond to repeated attempts for clarification after they announced on a Twitter account the match would not be going ahead.

Two of Silhavy’s players were already self isolating after coming into contact with a member of his backroom staff who tested positive test for the killer disease.

However, the decision to pull the plug on Scotland’s visit was overturned on Saturday morning when UEFA demanded that the match be played.

Clarke’s men go into the tie following last week’s 1-1 draw with Israel in Glasgow where Christie scored the Scots’ goal.

 
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