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  • Manager: Aberdeen match postponement is a wake-up call for us all

    Manager: Aberdeen match postponement is a wake-up call for us all

    By: Joe Donnelly on 07 Aug, 2020 15:31

  • IN the wake of two members of the Aberdeen first team having tested positive for coronavirus, with a total of eight Aberdeen players now self-isolating, Aberdeen’s Premiership match against St Johnstone this weekend has been postponed.

    And speaking at Lennoxtown today, Celtic manager Neil Lennon said: “It’s obviously a very unfortunate incident and has some serious ramifications for the game. It’s a reminder to all the players and the staff that we have to be on our guard all of the time and follow the protocols in the right way.

    “The players accept we need to tighten things up. We need to see how it goes over the next few weeks. We don’t want a shutdown again, not just in sport but culturally and socially. We want people to have some sort of life. In terms of the players and the staff and myself, we need to be strict and knuckle down.

    “I think we need to bite the bullet until things settle down a bit more. I think the players here have, in the main, been excellent. They’ve had two rounds of testing now for the last six/seven weeks and, thankfully, they’ve all come back negative.”

    The manager also admitted the country is still learning as it goes in terms of handling the global pandemic and its ramifications.

    He added: “Regardless of what’s at stake this season, we’ve had a long lay-off from football. Nobody wants that and we certainly don’t want to go back to that. In the main, I think the country has handled the situation as well as anyone possibly could have. We’ve opened up a little bit and we have to be careful we don’t have any more spikes.”

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