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Aberdeen FC players were pictured dining out at a bar hit by coronavirus just days before a teammate tested positive.

The snap appeared online after an eagle-eyed member of the public spotted the Dons team members at Soul Bar in the Granite City on Saturday evening.

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Striker Sam Cosgrove, defender Scott McKenna and midfielders Craig Bryson and Dylan McGeouch were all caught on camera sitting at a table.

The Dons players were pictured in Aberdeen on Saturday
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A fifth man, understood to also be a member of the Pittodrie Squad, also appears in the photograph.

Aberdeen players pictured on night out at coronavirus hotspot just …

The image has been widely circulated on social media and football forums after Aberdeen FC revealed that two players had tested positive on Thursday.

It is understood that boss Derek McInnes was forced to abandon a training session ahead of Saturday’s clash with St Johnstone after the first confirmed result was received.

At least two players at Pittodrie have received positive test results for coronavirus
(Image: PA Wire)

The entire squad was made to undergo re-testing which discovered a second positive case, however this is awaiting confirmation by the NHS.

Eight players admitted being out partying in the city centre at the weekend following their 1-0 defeat at home to Rangers FC and had visited at least one bar linked back to the cluster.

They have now all been ordered to place themselves in strict self-isolation.

Derek McInnes has fumed at his players for partying in the city centre
(Image: PA Wire)

The team’s away match against the Saints was thrown into jeopardy but late night crisis talks between Holyrood and Hampden’s Joint Response Group agreed it could go ahead.

McInnes will be allowed to take a heavily depleted squad south of the city – so long as no more cases are confirmed within their squad in the next 24 hours.

A source said the club was aware of the image circulating on social media.

Aberdeen FC confirmed they had launched an internal probe into the circumstances surrounding the players testing positive.

A statement said: “With two first team players testing positive for COVID-19, plus six others having to isolate for 14 days, it is also a harsh reminder of the severity and speed of spread of this virus.

“The Club will be carrying out a full investigation but, as an immediate first step, we have reinforced the Club’s COVID-19 protocols and the governing bodies’ guidance with every player and member of staff and will continue to regularly educate and remind everyone of what is, and what is not, acceptable in the current climate.

“We now have to focus on preparing for Saturday’s game under extremely difficult circumstances.”

Aberdeen was forced back into lockdown on Wednesday following a spike of positive coronavirus cases linked back to the hospitality industry.

The outbreak – which is understood to have started at the Hawthorn Bar – has seen a total of 79 cases linked back to various bars and restaurants in the city.

A five-mile travel restriction has been reimposed while bars and pubs were forced to close for at least seven days.

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Soul bar, owned by PD Dev Co, confirmed they would be closing all their venues for at least 14 days in order to keep their staff and customers safe just one day before a city-wide shutdown was ordered.

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