Seething St Johnstone fear they could be forced off the road to Hampden by Covid jobsworths this weekend – despite shelling out for separate buses to keep their Scottish Cup dream alive.
Record Sport understands the Perth Saints are incensed that four of Callum Davidson ’s first team squad have been ordered to self isolate by government officials, despite two of them tasting negative for coronavirus.
All four will now have to sit at home this weekend as Davidson and his depleted side head to the national stadium for a semi-final showdown with St Mirren on Sunday, as they close in on a historic cup double.
But this has astonished McDiarmid Park bosses who are adamant they have paid through the nose in order to keep their players safe and stick to all guidelines over social distancing.
That includes hiring two team buses for last Saturday’s away trip to Easter Road to ensure Davidson’s players were properly kept apart during the journey.
St Johnstone confirmed on Thursday two players have tested positive while revealing that two more have been identified as close contacts by track and trace experts.
And it’s understood those players were picked out from the manifest of the road trip to Edinburgh - even though the documentation proved they were sat a full 2.8 metres apart from their infected team mates.
The club’s head of football operations Scott Boyd stated: “The club can confirm two members of our playing staff have tested positive for Covid-19.
“They will both be missing from the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday against St Mirren. Thankfully, after the latest round of testing, all results were negative.
“However, as a result of the positive tests, two other players have been forced to self-isolate due to Government guidelines. The two players in question tested negative.
“We feel our staff adhered to the guidelines and this has been largely outwith our control. It’s very unfortunate for four of our players to miss out on the important game on Sunday.
“However, we wish all of them well and their health and wellbeing will always be our priority. Callum and the players will now focus on Sunday’s game.”