Sad news for young Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour as he has been ruled of his nation’s Tuesday must-win clash against Croatia at the ongoing Euros after testing positive for COVID-19.
It can be recalled that the 20-year-old playmaker was handed a full debut by Steve Clarke in the game against England at Wembley which ended in a barren draw. The Chelsea midfielder was named Man of the Match after a brilliant performance.
The Scots know that anything less than a win against Croatia will not suffice if they want to make it to the knockout stages of Euro 2020 for the first time. However, the task will become more daunting in the absence of the best player from their last game.
Gilmour is now self-isolating for a period of 10 days and won’t be able to participate in the next stage of the competition if Scotland qualify. A statement from the Scottish FA read:
“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.”
This is a big blow for the midfielder’s career at club level too as he would have used this opportunity in the limelight to show what he can offer when pitched up against the best in the middle of the park.
Regardless, his performance against England will count for something and will surely put him in place for the role of a mainstay in the Scottish team when he returns to action.