MORTON players have stopped training sessions amid a club lockdown to protect the squad against the risk of the coronavirus. 

The players are at home and have been given individual training plans to follow after being sent away on Monday.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the remainder of the season, Ton defender Brian McLean says  he is confident the squad can stay fit and match sharp for when they return to action. 

He told the Tele: “We trained on Monday, because there was no real daylight with what was going to happen on Saturday, so I’m glad a little bit more light was shone on the situation with the statement released.

“We’re not training as a group anymore, we’re just doing individual stuff. 

“We’ve got a week away from the place and we’ve been sent plans to keep us ticking over, but we have a great dressing room and there shouldn’t be a problem with that.

“We’re lucky to have a dressing room like this, even with the new boys coming in, they’ve bought into it and we know that we’re going to have to be at our sharpest for whenever the games return.”

McLean believes UEFA are wrong to set a June 30 deadline for the SPFL to be completed amid the pandemic.

He said: “There isn’t an end to this in sight. 

“We’re just going to have to go on a week-by-week basis.

“It’s going to be absolute carnage. Good luck to those who are involved in the decision-making, but whatever happens there will be massive financial implications for clubs across the board.

“I think delaying the Euros was the right decision to make, especially getting through this part of the outbreak, because we’ve still got the qualifiers to go against Israel. 

“That’s supposed to be getting played in June but I heard Ian Maxwell [SFA chief executive] say that he doubted if that would even go ahead.

“If he’s not 100 per cent certain that the game goes ahead then how can things be certain for Scottish clubs to finish their season by that time?

“That’s the circumstances that we find ourselves in and we need to adapt to it and play games where possible but what’s more important just now is people’s health and welfare.

“Us as footballers, this is what really annoys me, we’re not a specialised population, we’re not people that are above everyone else, we’re the exact same in terms of we have the same families, we have bills to pay, we’ve all got mortgages to pay.

“It irritates me a bit that we’ve been sent home from our work because we’re not allowed to train in large groups to prevent the spread of the virus and yet you still see folk going out treating it like a bank holiday.

“We should be appreciating that we’ve got the opportunity to prevent this and self-isolate, instead of getting things done when we have no definitive answer as to when games can continue.”