Billy Gilmour tests positive for Covid and will miss Scotland group decider

Scotland’s plans for their vital Group D match against Croatia on Tuesday at Hampden Park have been hampered after Billy Gilmour, who played a key role in Friday’s 2-2 draw at Wembley, tested positive for Covid-19. Gilmour will now spend the next ten days in isolation.

“The Scottish FA can confirm that a member of the Scotland National Team playing squad, Billy Gilmour, has tested positive for Covid-19,” the Scottish Football Association stated in a statement on Monday.

“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.”

The midfielder will be confined to his room at Scotland’s northeast England training facility while Steven Clarke’s side attempts to win against Croatia and advance to the knockout stage.

In the Scottish FA statement, there is a notable lack of detailed information about Gilmour’s close contacts. 

Gilmour, 20, made his first start for his country in central midfield and put in a fantastic performance at Wembley. It was a certain conclusion that he would keep his spot for the Croatia match.

On Monday evening, Steve Clarke will hold a press conference where the status of the rest of the Scotland team should be established.

Stuart Armstrong, who came on in place of Gilmour against England, is the favorite to start.