Former Celtic star Frank McAvennie was incensed by Neil Lennon’s decision to take his players to Dubai despite local lockdown restrictions being in place in Scotland
McAvennie outraged by Lennon stance
The reigning champions were heavily scrutinised and criticised for taking a mid-season trip to a training camp out in the Middle East, despite the whole of Scotland being in full lockdown due to the pandemic.
This encouraged the country’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to speak out against Celtic, as she said that that she would investigate the matter fully.
“Morally, it is wrong that they went to Dubai,” he said. “I do not think they should have gone. I do not get it.
“I get you can go to Dubai and I get the fact that they want to do warm training but it spits in the faces of the supporters.
“It is wrong for the fans. It has not put a good taste in the supporters mouth. Everyone else in the league is training in Scotland…”
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Not only was the decision to abroad poor in itself, but the timing wasn’t ideal either. McAvennie is spot on. Having lost 1-0 to arch-rivals Rangers a few days before, it may not have thrilled Celtic fans to see images of the players sat by a pool in Dubai.
If Lennon thought he was under pressure before, with protests taking place earlier in the season demanding his sacking, things may well have escalated dramatically after these recent events,
Tomorrow’s game against Hibernian is a big one. Every game for the Hoops will be like a cup final. With three games in hand, Celtic have some control over their own fate this season but they need to start winning very, very quickly and they could do without being under the microscope.
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