Travel protocols regarding elite sports have been changed this week with abroad training camps permitted only for Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Transport Secretary Michael Matheson announced the change following the fallout from Celtic's Dubai winter trip which sparked controversy as two players tested positive for Covid-19 and 14 others were forced to self-isolate.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had said the club had to answer for 'some aspects' of the trip and suggested it had been for "R&R", an issue manager Neil Lennon took umbrage with. The Hoops boss also snapped at criticism if the tip and its depiction as a "jolly" by pundit Andy Walker and other sections of the media.

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But now Mr Matheson has tightened some restrictions and it will now mean that only athletes representing the UK in either the Olympics or Paralympic Games will be entitled to make use of rules outside government guidelines currently.

The Olympics will be held in Tokyo in July and August, with the Paralympics then held from the end of August into September.

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Mr Matheson said: "We're [also] tightening some of our existing exemptions further. This will include limiting overseas training for elite sportspeople. To athletes and coaches preparing for the Olympics and Paralympics."

It came as he outlined plans for anyone coming from outside Scotland to quarantine in specific hotels which could cost £1,750 per room.