Taking the injured Christopher Jullien to a Dubai-based training camp was a “silly decision” which has backfired dramatically for Celtic, according to Alan Hutton.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Rangers and Scotland full-back admitted he was baffled as to why the 27-year-old, who was ruled out for up to four months earlier in January, was included in the travelling squad.
Celtic confirmed on Monday the French defender had tested positive for Covid-19 after the trip and that 13 first-team players, as well as manager Neil Lennon and assistant manager John Kennedy, had entered self-isolation as a result.
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A depleted Celtic side, which included the likes of Shane Duffy and Diego Laxalt, played out a 1-1 draw with Hibernian just hours after the announcement.
Hutton questioned why Jullien made the journey to the UAE for what was meant to be a warm-weather training camp and suggested the Hoops would be regretting the call behind closed doors.
“I mean, if you’re out for four months, you would normally stay back, do your rehab and try to recover and get back fit as possible,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“You can look at it both ways, maybe Lennon’s decided: No, I want the whole squad to be together,’ a bit togetherness or whatever but it just looks like, as the days go on, it just looks like the wrong decision.
“I think internally they’ll know that they’ve made the wrong decision. They don’t need that pressure within the group or on the group even when they’re struggling at the moment so it’s just a silly decision.”
Jullien picked up his injury after colliding with the post in the 3-0 win over Dundee United in late December.
He also missed a chunk of games between September and November due to a back problem.