Arsenal have taken the SFA to task after Kieran Tierney was put into self-isolation as a close contact of Stuart Armstrong.
In mid-afternoon the SFA announced that Armstrong had tested positive with Tierney and Ryan Christie both identified as close contacts and put into self-isolation.
All of the players are staying in single rooms as they prepare for tomorrow’s match with Israel which puts the SFA in the spotlight over why two of the squad have been put into self-isolation meaning that they won’t be able to train or play in club fixtures.
If Tierney is put into self-isolation he will miss his side’s match away to Manchester City on October 17, the same date as Christie is due to miss out on the Glasgow derby.
Tonight, Arsenal stated:
The Scottish FA have today announced that Southampton player Stuart Armstrong has returned a positive test while on international duty with the Scotland men’s national team. Within the announcement, the SFA confirmed that all other members of the squad have returned negative results.
However, the Lothian Health Protection Team in Scotland have identified two players and two members of the backroom staff as ‘close contacts’. As a consequence, our defender Kieran Tierney and Celtic player Ryan Christie – along with one physiotherapist and one masseur – have been advised they will require to self-isolate for 14 days as of yesterday (Tuesday, October 8).
Our medical team have confirmed that Kieran was socially distant at all times from the player who tested positive and has broken no rules regarding protocols. We are currently seeking further advice and clarification of the details.
Kieran has also been in touch and has said: “I’m so disappointed and frustrated to be in this situation. I have adhered to all regulations and made sure I was socially distancing from my team mates in the hotel. I’ve also tested negative. I know Arsenal and the SFA are now in discussions with the Scottish authorities to gain a further understanding.”
Celtic haven’t made any comment on Ryan Christie. Team-mates Callum McGregor and Greg Taylor are also in the Scotland squad as well as goalkeeper coach Stevie Woods and physio Tim Williamson.