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Positive Covid test rules Gilmour out of Croatia clash

Test: Billy Gilmour (pic: SNS Group).

Scotland’s preparations for tomorrow’s make-or-break Euro 2020 clash with Croatia have been thrown into turmoil after Billy Gilmour tested positive for coronavirus.

The midfielder was one of the stars of the show in the 0-0 draw at Wembley on Friday which kept the Scots’ hopes alive of reaching the last 16 for the first time.

However, the 20-year-old will now miss tomorrow’s Group D meeting at Hampden Park after beginning a 10-day period of self-isolation.

England manager Gareth Southgate’s plans were also rocked by the news that Gilmour’s Chelsea colleagues Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell will have to self-isolate after they were in close contact with the Scot after the game.

News of Gilmour’s omission will come as a major blow to boss Steve Clarke. The Scottish FA said: “The Scottish FA can confirm that a member of the Scotland national team playing squad, Billy Gilmour, has tested positive for Covid-19.

“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.”

Gilmour looked certain to play a key role against Croatia after impressing on his first start for the national team at Wembley.

Striker John Fleck tested positive before the tournament and missed the 2-2 friendly draw with the Netherlands, along with six close contacts.

Scotland must beat Croatia at Hampden to have a chance of progressing from Group D. Both sides have a point after two matches while England and the Czech Republic are on four points, the teams meeting at Wembley tomorrow evening.

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