Scotland's Aberdeen rocked by coronavirus

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes reacts during a match against Rangers Source: Getty Images

Scottish football club Aberdeen will go into their next three games without eight players from their squad after two tested positive for the coronavirus and six others were put into precautionary isolation.

Aberdeen said the "two first-team players, who have tested positive for COVID-19 but are asymptomatic, are self-isolating for 10 days.

"In line with government guidance and procedures from the football authorities, six other players, who were in close proximity with the two positive cases, are also self-isolating for 14 days."

Aberdeen's match with St Johnstone on Saturday is still scheduled to go ahead but the players will be unavailable.

They will also miss the midweek fixture with Hamilton Academical and next weekend's match with champions Celtic.

"The club will be carrying out a full investigation but, as an immediate first step, we have reinforced the club's COVID-19 protocols and the governing bodies' guidance with every player and member of staff and will continue to regularly educate and remind everyone of what is, and what is not, acceptable in the current climate," Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack said.

"We now have to focus on preparing for Saturday's game under extremely difficult circumstances."

The 2019-20 Scottish Premiership season was abandoned due to the global pandemic and the new season began last weekend.

Source AAP