Former Scottish Premiership striker Ally McCoist was left furious after Neil Lennon’s press conference on Monday.
McCoist not impressed
The fallout from their trip to Dubai rumbles on, which has taken another unexpected turn to further frustrate the supporters.
After chief executive Peter Lawwell apologised for their warm-weather training camp out in the Middle East and admitted it was a “mistake” to the club’s official website, his manager seemingly went over his head to defend his team’s trip and went after the media for their “absolute hypocrisy” (via GlasgowLive).
But recent events angered McCoist greatly, albeit with his obvious connections with the club’s arch-rivals Rangers.
“It’s just been a PR disaster,” McCoist told talkSPORT. “I honestly can’t remember an own goal like it in Scottish football for a long time.
“I saw the whole interview from Neil, and I can’t agree with Neil. You think of Celtic going for ten-in-a-row this year, the signings they’ve made, the signings they haven’t made in terms of Fraser Forster or re-signing Craig Gordon, then going to Dubai and shooting themselves in the foot, it’s just been an unmitigated disaster for them.
“The majority, the vast majority of the public up there think Celtic got it absolutely wrong. In many ways they’re trying to hide behind ‘we didn’t do anything legally wrong’, but I really don’t care if that’s the case, the fact is they shouldn’t have gone, that’s the bottom line.
“They’ve said they haven’t done anything wrong, but you think of some of the supporters who have been furloughed, who can’t see their families and they’re seeing their boys sit at a pool having a beer.
“I know they haven’t done anything ‘wrong’, but it’s not a good look. It’s a terrible image at the very least. What an own goal it is from Celtic, it’s absolutely remarkable.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
For Lennon to undermine his chief executive in what was, probably, a carefully worded statement, just shows that the club have completely lost control of the situation and shows evidence of a possible power struggle at the club.
What is more worrying is that the club’s majority shareholder Dermot Desmond has not said a word on the incident. Surely he has to come out and put an end to what has been a shambolic period for the football club.
With reports coming out in recent weeks that major changes are coming in the summer, time will tell whether Lennon and Lawwell will be the ones affected.
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