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Scotland manager Steve Clarke admits the loss of Billy Gilmour is a blow to the squad ahead of Tuesday’s massive Euro 2020 match against Croatia.

Gilmour impressed in the 0-0 draw against England last week but will now have to isolate for 10 days after testing positive for coronavirus.

Clarke said: “He’s upset, as you would expect. He has no symptoms, hopefully his health will hold up. Hopefully he’ll get back to playing as quickly as possible.

“Obviously a blow for us but a chance for someone else.

“Billy would have started the game and now he won’t, so it’s a chance for someone else to come into the team and make themselves a national hero.”

Scotland have not been instructed to put any other players into self-isolation following Gilmour’s positive test.

Scotland's manager Steve Clarke throws away a bottle during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group D match between England and Scotland at Wembley stadium in London, Friday, June 18, 2021. (Justin Tallis/Pool via AP)
Scotland’s manager Steve Clarke says Gilmour’s absence gives another member of the squad a chance to impress

The Scottish FA has confirmed the remaining 25 members of the squad conducted and passed lateral flow tests on Monday.

When questioned about the coronavirus protocols, Clarke replied: “It’s not my department. My department is getting the team ready for a massive game against Croatia and that’s what I have been concentrating on.”

And when asked if the situation had hampered his preparations for a game Scotland probably need to win if they are to reach the last 16, Clarke replied: “Training was slightly disrupted today (Monday) but the bulk of the work has been done.

“You saw for yourself [in Scotland’s previous games], the players know their job when they get on the pitch and that should stand us in good stead.”

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