Albion Rovers boss Brian Reid warns that ‘false positive’ Covid tests are wreaking havoc in Scottish football, with players unable to play because of ‘a runny nose’.

Rovers have gone through their own coronavirus nightmare with games postponed, but Reid says most of his players say they were fit enough to play.

The Cliftonhill gaffer fears that poor accuracy on tests will have an impact on their League Two campaign.

He said: “As long as people keep going to get tested there’s always a chance of false-positives.

“There’s Covid and then there’s ‘Covid’; with the real Covid you end up in hospital and anybody else has a runny nose or a headache for a couple of days, and it’s like a cold.

“There’s a real difference between the real Covid and having a test to say you’ve got it but having a runny nose for a couple of days – but even if you have that you’re off for two weeks.

“Most of my players said they would actually be fit enough to play in the game, they felt fine, but because they tested positive they couldn’t.

“In years gone by players would just have ploughed on with it.”

Reid says his side need a slice of luck after Stirling Albion ran out 1-0 winners at Cliftonhill on Saturday in their first game back.

A ninth-minute strike by Andy Ryan was enough to take the points from Coatbridge, and Reid – who says Rovers trained once in two weeks before the game – says they’re not getting the breaks.

He said: “We just need something to fall for us in front of goal and give us that wee lift, but unfortunately it never came for us.

“We were disappointed to lose the game, I felt we deserved something from it. We had created a few chances, didn’t put them away, and lost a really sloppy goal from a slack pass-back that caught us in between two defenders and the goalkeeper and it goes in off the post.

“It’s those wee breaks; sometimes we don’t seem to be getting them at home.

“Hopefully we’ve had our bad run of luck, we can turn the corner and get a bit of luck going our way.”

Reid takes his side to Edinburgh City on Saturday and hopes for a clear run at the game on Saturday.

He said: “At least we can hopefully get another full week’s training under our belts, which should help us.”

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