CELTIC stars face a FOURTEEN-DAY quarantine on their return to Scotland – unless they make a swift return.
The UK government is planning to impose strict rules for anyone arriving in Britain from next month
Among the Hoops foreign legion who returned to their homelands during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown are Kristoffer Ajer (Norway), Tom Rogic (Australia), Olivier Ntcham (France) and Israeli double-act Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed.
The SFA banned all group training until June 10, but new rules could force players to travel back early.
There are currently no restrictions on arrivals to UK airports, but that is set to change in the coming weeks.
The government is planning a mandatory 14-day home quarantine for all British nationals and foreigners. That could cause issues for a host of the champions’ players ahead of a potential training restart in June.
Celtic boss Neil Lennon gave his foreign Hoops players the option to return home when the game went into cold storage in the middle of last month while the Parkhead were preparing for a Premiership encounter at Ibrox on Sunday the fifteenth.
With no structured dates for a return to training or games, all clubs have been relaxed about the situation.
But the government’s quarantine plan could force them to order a quicker return – if, of course, there are available flights.
Quarantine plans are being overseen by Home Secretary Priti Patel to stop passengers bringing the virus into the UK from abroad.
They will come into force when the government launches its ‘Track and trace’ strategy to identify and isolate cases of coronavirus in the UK.
Returning players would fill in a special landing card, with information about their health and details about where they intend to quarantine.