Celtic’s David Turnbull, Livingston’s Robby McCrorie and his brother Ross of Aberdeen have tested positive for Covid-19 after being away on Scotland under-21 duty.
In total 11 squad members and two staff are self-isolating after the players returned to their clubs following Tuesday’s defeat in Greece.
Scot Gemmill’s squad flew back to Scotland on Wednesday, and the trio must isolate for 10 days from 20 November, the 10 close contacts for two weeks.
It is the second time Ross McCrorie has tested positive after contracting the illness in March while on loan at Portsmouth.
“The close contacts were established using aircraft and bus manifests, in adherence to government protocols that consider close contacts to be two rows either side of a positive case,” said the SFA in a statement.
Celtic then announced on Twitter that midfielder Turnbull returned a positive test, while Aberdeen have confirmed they will be without three squad members in total – Ross McCrorie, Lewis Ferguson and Connor McLennan – with two further players identified as close contacts.
Speaking on Sportsound, Parkhead manager Neil Lennon described the situation as a “shambles”, adding: “Again one of our players goes away on international duty and picks something up, it’s bitterly disappointing.”
Motherwell have confirmed Allan Campbell and Barry Maguire will have to self isolate despite both returning negative tests carried out by the Fir Park club upon their return.
“We were first notified of the potential need to exclude Allan and Barry at 9:30pm on Friday night,” said a Motherwell statement.”As a result of what has happened, we will write to the Scottish FA on a number of points on which we believe urgent answers are required.”
The latest development comes after a member of the team’s backroom staff returned a positive test last Sunday prior to the group travelling to Greece, with a colleague deemed as a close contact.