Rangers have confirmed that they have had a number of positive cases in the latest round of testing. They take on Celtic in the first Old Firm derby of the season. Rangers will travel to Armenia for their Europa League qualifier against Alashkert. The club has not provided an exact number of the positive cases or whether the players concerned will need to self-isolate.
“Rangers can confirm that during our testing schedule, we have received positive COVID-19 tests,” read a club statement by Rangers before their match against Celtic. “Those identified as positive are now in self-isolation along with ‘close contacts’.
”We have followed best practice in our procedures and protocols.” the statement added. “From the outset of the pandemic, Rangers has worked closely with the Scottish Government and Scottish football to ensure the health of our staff is protected at all times. We will continue to do so.”
Steven Pressley is one of the few players to have played for both clubs labeled Rangers as the favorites for the game.
“I still think that this is a game where Rangers will be too strong for them,” Pressley said. “Celtic are showing signs of playing the aggressive style of football that the Celtic fans want to see but I still have concerns about them defensively, they have a lot of inexperience there.”
“The likes of [Stephen] Welsh and [Anthony] Ralston, these types of players that haven’t experienced winning the league yet,” he added. “A lot of questions still need to be answered by these players and I think that Rangers do have the strength, especially defensively, for this fixture.”