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Furious Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has SFA in his cross hairs after Rangers Covid blow

Daily Record logoDaily Record 21/11/2020 Scott McDermott

Furious Derek McInnes has blasted the SFA’s Covid protocols after three of his players were forced into self isolation after returning from Under-21 duty.

Aberdeen have been rocked by the news that Ross McCrorie, Lewis Ferguson and Connor McLennan will miss the next three games after being caught up in the Scotland Under-21s Covid outbreak.

The SFA revealed on Saturday morning that 11 of the squad and two members of the coaching team were self isolating. It came after three of Scot Gemmill’s squad tested positive for the virus after returning from a game in Greece on Wednesday.

The trio must isolate for 10 days and the 10 close contacts for two weeks. His team face Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday, after the Hoops could only draw 2-2 with Jack Ross’ men yesterday.

And McInnes has been left unhappy with the way things have been handled by the SFA.

McInnes would have been without on-loan Rangers star McCrorie for today trip to Ibrox but he’s still raging his team will be further decimated.

He said: “We’re very angry and extremely disappointed that we’re now without three very good players for the next three games through no fault of their own.

“You expect when they’re with their country they’ll be looked after but I don’t believe it’s been the case.

“We’ll be looking for assurances that this won’t be repeated.

“Connor and Lewis showed no symptoms and tested negative on their return. We only found out at lunchtime today but it still impacts on our preparations because we had to push back training and now head to Glasgow without two players who would’ve been playing. I’m without three players through no fault of our own after they went and represented their country.

“Even when they delivered the news today there’s no apology, there’s no remorse – we just have to deal with it.

“There has to be more guarantees and assurances for clubs who’re putting in a helluva lot of money every week to do things properly. Its incumbent on the SFA to do things better.”

Neil Lennon has also blasted the SFA following David Turnbull testing positive after Under-21 duty.

The Celtic boss said: “It’s an absolute shambles. You give these players to the national team in good faith.

“They get sent back and it is basically, ‘You look after them.’ There should have been more testing.

“Our protocols are good. I’m not saying it is a competition to see who has the best practice.

“But these players are going out of our bubble into the international arena and coming back with the virus. It is hard to take.”

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