Queen of the South suffer narrow defeat after coaching staff isolate from positive Covid test

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The manager of Queen of the South missed the opening league match of the season on Saturday after a member of his backroom team tested positive for coronavirus.

Allan Johnson and his entire coaching staff have been ordered to self-isolates, in line with Scottish Government guideline, and spent the opening of the Scottish Championship campaign at home. 

Senior players Stephen Dobbie and Willie Gibson are in temporary charge while bosses are away.

Queen of the South suffered a narrow defeat against Ayr United, 2-1.

Stephen Dobbie and Willie Gibson will take charge will the boss is self-isoalting. Credit: PA

Prior to the match, a statement was released by the club: "Following our most recent round of routine testing, we can confirm that a member of our backroom staff has returned a positive COVID-19 test result.

"Therefore, in line with Scottish Government guidelines our whole coaching team are now in self-isolation and will not be at our opening league game away at Ayr tomorrow, which is currently still on as things stand.

"As a result, senior players Willie Gibson and Stephen Dobbie will take temporary charge.

"Everyone at the club wishes those involved a speedy recovery and we look forward to welcoming everyone back once it is safe to do so.

"Due to patient confidentiality we will not be making any further comment."