It was a very tough international break for Celtic, with several players being made unavailable to Neil Lennon for one reason in particular.
Whilst on international duty, Ryan Christie, Odsonne Edouard, Hatem Abd Elhamed and Nir Bitton all found out they would have to isolate. This was due to them either testing positive for Covid or due to being in the same bubble as other players who tested positive.
Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent has discussed the international breaks and their future amid the disruption of the pandemic.
What Bent has said about the international break which Celtic might disagree with
Football Insider asked him whether it was right to play the internationals currently. He said: “It’s pretty hard not to. Internationals generate big money and countries need to play games so it’s difficult. You could say we shouldn’t have them but in that respect, it’s a little bit tough.
Should there be international games with current events?
“With everything around Covid, you’d probably say it was not a good idea to have internationals but I guess how can you bet against it?”
Could Celtic have done without the international break?
The striker was not talking specifically about Celtic, although his latest comments discuss a topic which has impacted the club heavily of late.
Those associated with the Hoops may disagree with Bent saying that internationals must continue, with Lennon having to face Old Firm rivals Glasgow Rangers without some of his star players, and he may feel this was a contributing factor towards his side losing 2-0.
Still, international fixtures raise much-needed funding, so you can see Bent’s point of view here. If players continue to come back from internationals with positive tests, clubs may just need to not release them.
Celtic fans, you can read more about some pundits’ views following the Old Firm derby loss here! Comment below with your views on Bent’s remarks!
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