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Record and Herald on message over Lundstram comments

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John Lundstram let the cat out the bag yesterday when he revealed that pre-season preparations at Ibrox had been hampered by C*vid cases.

Remarkably, alone in UK football, the Ibrox club have been untouched by the pandemic, not a single positive test case has been reported.

Last season, repeatedly, opponents found themselves missing players due to self-isolating, sometimes with players coming back from Scotland international duties.

There is a protocol for positive test results, the SFA and Scottish Government has to be notified, close contacts identified and made to self-isolate. During July 10 days of home training can leave a player seriously behind in preparations for the new season.

Two weeks ago the Ibrox club enjoyed friendlies on successive days against Brighton and Real Madrid, it seems that the message has gone out that a comment from Clive Tyldesley has covered the club against accusations of a cover up.

The Herald reports:

Lundstram revealed that positive c**onavirus tests had impacted on Rangers’ preparations to the 2021/22 campaign in an interview with Sky Sports.

He said: “I think there’s a lot more to come from all of us. “It’s only early doors, we had pre-season not long ago and it hasn’t been a great one for everyone. There have been a few C*vid cases. So I’m sure once we are up to speed you’ll see a different team.”

No positive C*vid-19 tests have been public by the Ibrox club – but Rangers TV commentator Clive Tyldesley suggested two players missed pre-season friendlies against Brighton and Real Madrid due to C*vid.

The Record reported:

Steven Gerrard’s side face Malmo in a crucial Champions League match on Tuesday, and speaking before the match at Tannadice Lundstram revealed he expects improvement after a difficult pre-season.

Rangers have not made any positive tests public, though the club’s in-house TV commentator Clive Tyldesley suggested two players missed friendlies with Brighton and Real Madrid due to C*vid.

He mentioned that they were unavailable and commented “we know what that means in the present day” but the club did not give an official reason for their absence.

BBC Scotland have refused to touch the Lundstrum comments.

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