Aberdeen have confirmed a first-team player has tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from international duty and won’t be available against Rangers on Sunday.

Derek McInnes already had a selection headache with five players ruled out of the Dons’ trip to Ibrox this weekend, with loaned-out Gers ace Ross McCrorie and ex-Celtic winger Jonny Hayes among the absentees.

And now, as confirmed on Aberdeen’s website, three more players will miss the Scottish Premiership action at Ibrox.

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One has tested positive and two have been forced to self-isolate due to being in close contact with the one individual on international duty with Scotland’s Under-21s side.

Aberdeen’s top goalscorer Lewis Ferguson, Scott McLennan and McCrorie, who was already going to miss the match, were the three Dons players in the latest Scotland Under-21s squad.

Aberdeen confirm the player who’s tested positive is not showing any symptoms but the other two “will be required to self-isolate for 14 days”.

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It’s a big, big blow for Aberdeen because McInnes’ squad was already down to the bare bones due to several injuries.

While McCrorie’s absence is not going to be anything new, the fact that Aberdeen will be without their top goalscorer Ferguson is a massive blow for them.

Rangers have been quite lucky so far when it’s come to testing for the coronavirus.

Obviously, it can happen to anyone and to any club but these international matches have caused nothing but problems and while we’re happy that Scotland qualified for the European Championships, they shouldn’t take place if countries cannot stop their places from transmitting the disease.

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