Jason Leitch has explained to Radio Clyde why Ryan Christie has been put into self-isolation for 14 days.
The National Clinical Director of the Scottish Government has become the voice and face of the pandemic as he appears on various media platforms to explain and justify the medical side of dealing with a pandemic.
Yesterday news broke that Stuart Armstrong had tested positive, as a consequence Ryan Christie and Kieran Tierney have both been put in self-isolation for 14 days ruling them out of important club fixtures on Saturday October 17 with Celtic and Arsenal critical of the decision.
Rather than use any tracking equipment to work out close contacts of Armstrong it seems that Lothian Health Protection Team phoned the Southampton player and decided that Tierney and Christie had to go into self-isolation.
? WATCH: Professor Jason Leitch explains the process leading to Ryan Christie and Kieran Tierney being told to self-isolate following Stuart Armstrong’s positive test.
“The local health protection team in Lothian treats footballers the way it would treat people in call centres” pic.twitter.com/iVZIrnEB7B
— Clyde 1 Superscoreboard (@ClydeSSB) October 8, 2020
During his interview Leitch makes no mention of speaking to Christie or Tierney who are both well versed in social distancing having been in their club bubble for months.
If players are going to miss club fixtures due to the conversation of one player it is likely that clubs will opt to protect their employees by keeping them at home rather than hand them over to a national association.
The Scotland squad has been staying in single rooms throughout the international preparations.