Former Scotland international Alan Hutton believes that Celtic manager Neil Lennon is now facing ‘extra pressure’, after receiving criticism over the club’s Dubai training camp.
Hutton fears for Lennon
The Irish tactician has created big news by taking his team to the Middle East following their 1-0 defeat to arch-rivals Rangers – so big in fact that the Hoops attracted criticism from Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who believed that their trip “should be looked into” following the recent lockdown of the country (cited by BBC Sport).
Hutton did not share any sympathy with Lennon and his team, with the boss himself being faced with calls to be sacked after a poor start to the season.
He told Football Insider that the big headlines around the Dubai trip will create even more issues at Parkhead: “I don’t think it’s the best timing, is it? If we think about it logically, it’s not ideal – to be beaten by Rangers and then the next day fly to Dubai, in the situation that we’re in.
“I understand that was booked a while ago and they’ve went through all the right channels and seemingly it was alright to do and that’s why they flew away, it was before the actual lockdown, the proper lockdown so in their eyes they haven’t done anything wrong.
“I do get that, but when you see things on social media, video clips from other Scottish supporters, filming the team and laughing and all that, it just doesn’t look right. It doesn’t send the right message, in my opinion.”
Hutton continued. “It would have probably been easier just to stay at home, work there at the training ground and then this isn’t a thing.
“It’s all in the papers and on social media, everybody’s got an opinion but this doesn’t happen and at this moment in time it’s probably the last thing Celtic need, extra pressure mounting.
“I just think the timing’s not been great.”
Transfer Tavern Verdict
The whole incident paints the club in a really poor and negative light, with Celtic being forced to defend themselves, claiming the trip was “approved by all reveant footballing authorities” (cited by Sky Sports).
If there was any uncertainty about the Bhoys’ hopes of clinching 10-in-a-row, this event may have sealed their fate after losing their crucial table-topping clash at the weekend.
Time will tell whether Lennon’s future will be effected by this event. It is difficult to disagree with what Hutton said regarding this and could be the beginning of the end for the Irishman, as even more pressure and scrutiny has now been heaped on both the manager and his players.
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