Scotland will be playing their third and all important final Group D game against Croatia on Tuesday night, which will be a must win fixture for them is they are to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the round of 16 after picking up just a single point from their previous two group fixtures against the Czech Republic and England.
Billy Gilmour will be unavailable against Croatia as he tested covid positive after the fixture against England
Scotland can still hope to qualify as one of the best third-placed teams, considering they beat Croatia on Tuesday night, but they will be missing the key servIced of Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour, who produced a clinical performance in their 0-0 draw against England and was eventually awarded the player of the match.
Billy Gilmour will be missing the fixture as he tested positive for Covid-19 following the latest round of UEFA PCR tests carried out over the last weekend.
Gilmour will be now self-isolating in accordance with covid protocols issued by UEFA, and won’t be allowed to play again until he tests negative, and could feature again in the Quarters of the Euro 2020, if Scotland proceeds to that stage.
Gilmour’s absence in this important fixture against Croatia is definitely a major setback for Steve Clark and his team, as was evident from the Scottish manager’s statement.
“He’s upset, as you would expect. He has no symptoms, hopefully, his health will hold up. Hopefully he’ll get back to playing as quickly as possible.” Steve Clark stated.
However, Clark is of the opinion that it may be an opportunity to someone else to step up at such stage.
“Obviously a blow for us but a chance for someone else.”
“Billy would have started the game and now he won’t, so it’s a chance for someone else to come into the team and make themselves a national hero.” Clark exclaimed.
England players and Gilmour’s Chelsea mates Mason Mount and Ben Chliwell will also miss England’s match against Czech Republic, as they came in contact with Gilmour after the match, and were seen hugging each other and conversing intently after the match against Scotland. They will be following the precautionary procedure and will have to quarantine untill 28th June at least as per UEFA covid protocols.