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Boli Bolingoli. Photo: PA

Boli Bolingoli. Photo: PA

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Boli Bolingoli. Photo: PA

Sanctions for Scottish players who breach coronavirus protocols are set to target individuals - and could be aimed at the Celtic and Aberdeen players who broke rules.

The Scottish football authorities will unveil new enforcement rules today and have signalled they will "encompass recent breaches".

Clubs outside the Scottish Premiership have also been told they cannot yet return to training - relegated Hearts had already done so. The Joint Response Group has acted following demands by the Scottish Government to instigate penalties for breaches of health and safety guidelines after it emerged Celtic left-back Boli Bolingoli had travelled to Spain and failed to quarantine days before playing against Kilmarnock.

That came after two Aberdeen players caught Covid-19 and a further six were instructed to self-isolate following a night out. The breaches led to four Premiership matches being postponed and both clubs opened internal disciplinary proceedings while Bolingoli received a police fine, but no punishments were open to the league or governing body.

Irish Independent