Sport Scotland loses Billy Gilmour to coronavirus for crunch Euro 2020 game against Croatia
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Scotland loses Billy Gilmour to coronavirus for crunch Euro 2020 game against Croatia

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Billy Gilmour has been ruled out of Scotland’s Group D Euro showdown with Croatia after testing positive for COVID-19.

The 20-year-old Chelsea midfielder impressed in his first Scotland start on Friday as he helped the team earn a goalless draw with England at Wembley.

The result leaves Steve Clarke’s side still in with a shot at qualifying for the knockout stages.

But Scotland has now received a major blow ahead of the must-win Croatia clash with Gilmour unavailable.

Gilmour will have to isolate for 10 days.

Half a dozen other teams in the tournament have also suffered coronavirus cases.

Scotland, playing in its first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup, is bottom of Group D with one point.

It needs to beat 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia at Hampden Park to have a chance of reaching the knockout stages.

-with Reuters