Rangers: Scottish champions confirm Covid-19 cases

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Celtic and Rangers meet in the Old Firm Derby on Sunday

Rangers confirm that a Covid-19 epidemic has struck the club as they prepare to play two crucial matches this week.

The champions of Scotland say they have seen positive results, and those who were close to them are also self-isolating.

It is not known what the numbers are and if they are players.

Steven Gerrard's team will face Alashkert in the second leg their Europa League playoff on Thursday. This will be followed by Sunday's Old Firm Derby with Celtic.

The Ibrox club released the following statement: "We have used best practices in our procedures and protocols."

Rangers worked closely with Scottish football and the Scottish Government from the beginning of the pandemic to protect the health of their staff. We will continue doing so."

Rangers lead Armenians Alashkert by a score of 1-0 as they attempt to reach the Europa League group stage for the fourth consecutive season.

The opening Old Firm derby in the Scottish Premiership season will be hosted at Ibrox by a rejuvenated Celtic.