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Celtic have shown no contrition for trip to Dubai

Celtic staff enjoyed a beer by the pool on their trip. Image Credit Benchwarmers Celtic staff enjoyed a beer by the pool on their trip. Image Credit Benchwarmers
Cary Erickson | 13 January, 2021, 18:00

Strachan believes the team would have been just as likely to have to quarantine had they stayed in Glasgow, insisting that Celtic broke no protocols by travelling to the United Arab Emirates.

It was hit with plenty of criticism but that intensified tenfold when Christopher Jullien tested positive for Covid-19.

Celtic v Hibernian goes ahead as planned on Monday evening despite the hosts being told that 13 first-team players must self-isolate.

Jullien is the fifth Celtic player to test positive for Covid-19, with David Turnbull, Odsonne Edouard, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed previously contracting the virus while on worldwide duty. Furthermore, manager Neil Lennon and assistant John Kennedy will also be forced to self-isolate. 'We wish Christopher a speedy recovery.

Scottish FA president Rod Petrie said: "While the national sport has been afforded the privilege of elite sporting exemption, the risk of mass transportation of untested, largely part-time players is something that can not be sustained as the cases continue to rise and available hospital beds become increasingly scarce".

"Whether they could have changed that and said: 'Well, we're gonna leave one of the experts with him to chaperone on, ' I don't know the particulars of the kind of deal it was".

Cristopher Jullien tested positive for coronavirus. Image Credit Getty Images
Cristopher Jullien tested positive for coronavirus. Image Credit Getty Images

"The contacts were identified during the period from Wednesday last week, primarily around flight and team coach travel, during which time Celtic applied the same rigorous protocols used for pre-season training camps, Uefa match travel and for all domestic match arrangements in Scotland", read a statement from the Scottish Premiership champions.

With all football below Scotland's top two tiers halted due to rising coronavirus cases, this news had thrown Celtic's match against Hibernian into doubt.

Celtic has done everything it can to ensure we have in place the very best procedures and protocols.

A huge debacle at Celtic Park has engulfed Scottish football headlines across the last few days.

The Premiership and second-tier Championship will be exempt from the new three-week shutdown provided strict testing protocols are followed.

"While the national sport has been afforded the privilege of elite sporting exemption, the risk of mass transportation of untested, largely part-time players is something that can not be sustained as the cases continue to rise and available hospital beds become increasingly scarce".

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