Former Scottish Premiership player Noel Whelan let rip at Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell and the board following their recent apology.
After initially defending the Bhoys’ trip to the Middle East for a mid-season training camp, the 61-year-old made a drastic U-turn and said sorry for the club’s stance on the situation, with Scotland currently in national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the same time, Lawwell condemned the way that Celtic had been treated by the media and opted for an in-house interview on YouTube, as opposed to facing any difficult questions from one of the many leading broadcasters.
Speaking with Football Insider, Whelan was furious about what he had witnessed over the past few weeks and did not mix his words when discussing the Celtic chief.
“They knew straight away, before they went, that they shouldn’t be going but the arrogance of them, and that’s all I can put it down to, is arrogance, it’s not naivety,” he said.
“It’s just the fact that they didn’t bother, knowing what was going on in the world, to protect their players and the selfishness of having to go out there, somewhere warm – no one else has done that, that’s the problem, no one else has done that so why should they?
“The apology is too late because it’s already been done and the consequence of that is you’ve got one player now with Covid. They’re going to get a backlash, they were going to get a backlash whether they came back with no Covid among the players or not.
“It doesn’t really make any difference to me. When you run a club and you look at the way the world’s going, sometimes you’ve got to make sacrifices and that’s one that should have been definitely stopped and sacrificed.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
It’s difficult to disagree with what Whelan is saying here. The only ones that have lost out in all of this are the supporters.
The fact that the club keep trying to group everyone together for their own actions is only causing more anger.
It appears that Lawwell has, perhaps, reached the end of the road. It seems unlikely that he will be able to win the supporters back considering recent reports that he could be let go next summer.
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