ROSS COUNTY have been forced to forfeit their League Cup opener against Forfar at Station Park following a Covid outbreak at the club.
The Dingwall side halted all football operations on Tuesday after a number of players and coaching staff tested positive for the virus.
The club’s hierarchy confirmed they are unable to fulfill the match tomorrow which has resulted in the SPFL board awarding their opponents a 3-0 win.
An SPFL spokesman said: “Consistent with the announcements in respect of similar issues in the group stage of last year’s competition, any team unable or unwilling to field a team in a Premier Sports Cup round one group stage tie, will forfeit the match on the basis of a 3-0 defeat.
“Accordingly, Forfar Athletic have been awarded a 3-0 win in the tie.
“This announcement demonstrates the continuing threat of disruption to SPFL competitions by Covid-19, particularly given the current levels of transmission of the virus throughout the country.
“We wish the affected players and staff the very best in their recovery and will continue to liaise with Ross County in the coming days.”
The Highlanders insist they are working with all authorities and hope to re-open their football department next week.
It’s an early blow for new manager Malky Mackay who was hoping to see the players in competitive action in his first game since replacing John Hughes at the end of last season.