COVID hits Rangers before Celtic clash

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Scottish Premiership champions Rangers have suffered a COVID-19 outbreak ahead of their Europa League decider and first encounter against Ange Postecoglou's Celtic side.

The Ibrox club have not revealed how many players have been affected.

"Rangers can confirm that during our testing schedule, we have received positive COVID-19 tests," a Rangers statement said.

"Those identified as positive are now in self isolation along with 'close contacts'.

"We have followed best practice in our procedures and protocols."

Rangers face Alashkert in Armenia on Thursday in the second leg of the play-off after winning the first leg 1-0.

They then host Australian coach Postecoglou's in-form team in a blockbuster Premiership clash on Sunday ahead of the international break.

Meanwhile, new Celtic signing Josip Juranovic said he was excited by the prospect of playing in Postecoglou's attack-minded set-up.

The Croatian has signed a five-year contract after moving from Legia Warsaw.

"Celtic are a big club and it was a big opportunity for me," the 26-year-old Celtic TV.

"I've watched the games this season and the team look really good.

"I like the manager's style of attacking football and the fact that every player plays in the opposing team's half.

"I'm really looking forward to playing in this system."

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