Scotland Women’s Head Coach, Shelley Kerr, has been identified as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case and will therefore self-isolate for 14 days.
The unfortunate timing means she will miss the upcoming EURO Qualifiers away to Portugal and at home to Finland.
Kerr will engage with the players and staff on a remote basis over this period and the group will be led by her assistant, Andy Thomson, supported by Billy Stark and Paul Brownlie, the Scottish FA High Performance Manager who was involved with the team throughout the World Cup.
Ian Maxwell, the Scottish FA Chief Executive, told scottishfa.co.uk:
“Shelley is understandably devastated at not being able to be with the squad for such an important double-header. She has prepared extensively and meticulously with her support staff over a long period of time whilst following our protocols but will still play an active part in the preparation of the team, albeit remotely, and we have the utmost confidence in the players and staff to pull together and win their upcoming matches.”