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Celtic's Bitton tests positive for COVID-19 on international duty

Soccer Football - Europa League - Celtic Training - Lennoxtown Training Centre, Glasgow, Britain - November 7, 2018 Celtic's Nir Bitton during training Action Images via Reuters/Carl Recine/Files

(Reuters) - Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Israel, the Scottish Premiership club said on Saturday.

Bitton was part of the Israel squad which lost 5-3 on penalties to Scotland in Thursday’s Euro 2020 playoff game at Hampden Park in Glasgow.

Earlier, Ryan Christie went into self-isolation after coming in contact with Scotland team mate Stuart Armstrong who tested positive for COVID-19, while forward Odsonne Edouard also returned a positive result when playing for France’s Under-21 team.

"Clearly, recent events during this international period are very concerning and frustrating," said a club statement www.celticfc.net/news/18634. "The current situation has presented huge challenges for all within football and wider society which we do not underestimate in any way."

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Chennai, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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