Gabriel Agbonlahor has leaped to the defence of Celtic and Neil Lennon and has claimed criticism of their trip to Dubai has been “blown out of proportion”.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker admitted with hindsight their decision to fly to the Middle East in the middle of a global pandemic was not wise.

A furious Lennon accused the press of “bullying” as he launched a staunch defence of their mid-season break which led to Christopher Jullien catching coronavirus forcing Lennon and 12 others into self-isolation.

An understrength Hoops side drew 1-1 with Hibs last Monday before playing out a goalless draw with Livingston at the weekend meaning they now trail league leaders Rangers by 21 points.

Asked by Football Insider what he made of Lennon’s comments, Agbonlahor said: “I think it was probably wrong of them to go but I don’t see they’ve done anything wrong out there. When you look back at it, they’ll probably say ‘We shouldn’t have gone.’ 

“But I think people are jumping on the bandwagon and are definitely bullying Celtic.

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“I think it’s something we should put to bed now. They’ve gone, not broken any laws. The Scottish government has let them go. It should just be forgotten now.

“I think in the future during a pandemic you shouldn’t look to go away. As I’ve said before, teams didn’t even go away in pre-season because of the pandemic, so for them to go to Dubai, didn’t really make sense.

“But there’s nothing really they’ve done wrong. They’ve gone there, had a few drinks maybe and trained hard, I’m sure.

“For me, it’s been blown out of proportion and it should be forgotten.”

In other news, a finance guru has dropped a Dermot Desmond reveal and claimed Celtic stars will have to be sold.