Robertson deletes ping pong video with Covid-positive Gilmour

EXCLUSIVE: Scotland star Andy Robertson swiftly DELETES video of him playing ping-pong with John McGinn and Covid-positive Billy Gilmour last night – as Scots deny ANY close contacts in the squad

  • Billy Gilmour will miss Scotland’s crucial game against Croatia due to Covid-19
  • The 20-year-old midfielder tested positive for the virus, the Scottish FA said
  • Gilmour produced a man-of-the-match display against England at Wembley
  • There was hope that Gilmour would play a key role for Scotland at Euro 2020 
  • Video surfaced from the team hotel where Gilmour is seen enjoying ping pong 
  • All other Covid tests within the Scotland camp returned negative on Monday
  • Scottish FA are in discussions with Public Health England regarding ‘close contacts’, but none have been identified
  • Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here

Scotland captain Andy Robertson has deleted a video of himself playing table tennis with John McGinn and Billy Gilmour, who has tested positive for Covid-19. 

Soon after news broke of Gilmour’s positive test on Monday morning, a clip surfaced from the team hotel where the young midfielder is seen enjoying some ping pong.

Taken on Robertson’s Instagram story, the video shows Gilmour, along with McGinn, unwinding with a game in the team hotel. 

The video has since been removed from the Liverpool full-back’s Instagram account.  

Scotland’s FA claimed Gilmour had no close contacts in the squad, when contacted by Sportsmail.

All other coronavirus tests within the Scotland camp returned negative on Monday morning while the Scottish Football Association are in discussions with Public Health England regarding ‘close contacts’, but none have been identified. 

Scotland did further testing later on Monday and all 25 players recorded negative lateral flow Covid tests following training after Gilmour was put into self-isolation.

A video, which has since been deleted by Andy Robertson, emerged of Billy Gilmour playing ping pong in the Scotland team hotel with Liverpool full-back and Aston Villa’s John McGinn

Gilmour has tested positive for Covid-19, the Scottish Football Association confirmed

Scotland’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the European Championship were rocked by news that rising star midfielder Gilmour has tested positive for coronavirus. 

A man-of-the-match display against England from the 20-year-old Chelsea player raised expectations that Scotland could progress from a winner-takes-all clash against Croatia at Hampden Park on Tuesday night. 

But Gilmour will play no part against Luka Modric and Co after testing positive for the virus. He will be required to self-isolate for 10 days, all but ending his involvement at Euro 2020. 

A statement from the Scottish FA read: ‘Having liaised with Public Health England since the positive test was recorded, Billy will now self-isolate for 10 days and therefore miss tomorrow’s UEFA EURO 2020 Group D match against Croatia at Hampden.’ 

The Chelsea midfielder’s enforced absence in isolation is a huge blow to boss Steve Clarke

Scotland were looking to Gilmour to inspire a win in their crucial final game against Croatia

Gilmour was left out of the side for the opening group defeat by Czech Republic but proved a revelation in the match at Wembley against England. 

He was seen hugging Chelsea team-mates Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount – both England players. England’s final group game is against Czech Republic on Tuesday night. 

The FA confirmed on Monday that all 26 England players and the wider support team returned negative results after the latest round of UEFA PCR testing on Sunday and the appropriate Covid-19 protocols will continue to be followed. 

The Three Lions will train as normal this morning ahead of Tuesday night’s match at Wembley and the FA will remain in contact with Public Health England.

Gilmour’s positive test is the second to hit the Scotland camp since the squad met up earlier this month.

Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck sat out both of the Scots’ warm-up fixtures against Holland and Luxembourg after contracting the virus.

Gilmour was seen hugging Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount, two Chelsea team-mates, on Friday

Another six players missed the 2-2 draw with the Dutch as a precaution, although they were not formally designated close contacts of Fleck.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke is due to hold a press conference on Monday at 5.45pm.

Gilmour was hailed by Patrick Vieira, Graeme Souness and Gary Neville as a difference maker and his enforced absence arrives as a crushing blow for Scotland and their hopes of progressing. 

‘I really love his technical ability. He loves to get on the ball,’ Vieira said on ITV.  

‘His team-mates aren’t scared to give him the ball because they know how good he is on the ball. I think he has a really good future ahead of him.’

Even if Scotland progress without him, his 10-day isolation period would also rule him out of any last-16 tie. 

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