EXCLUSIVE

Jackie McNamara has backed Celtic’s decision to go public on a number of issues at the club as he criticises the behaviour of West Brom’s Luke Dowling.

The former Hoops star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that Peter Lawwell and the Parkhead chiefs are well within their rights to voice their opinions and after a number of high-profile issues.

Celtic received much attention for the way they publicly announced a breakdown in contract talks with David Turnbull, while they also issued a statement in response to scathing criticism from West Brom chief Dowling over their treatment of Oliver Burke.

Asked about the manner in which Celtic were conducting themselves, McNamara insisted it was not a huge problem and that the Hoops were right to stand up for themselves, tearing into the way the Baggies man had gone about things.

“You’re backing the management, it becomes tit-for-tat but I don’t see it as a big issue, I think they’re protecting their values and their issues there,” McNamara told Football Insider.

“They’ve got every right to go public about it. If somebody’s having a pop then they should be able to put their side across and that’s what they’ve done. 

“If you’ve got a grievance go club to club. He wasn’t playing for West Brom before that so Celtic gave him a chance to play. Normally it’s club to club if there’s any grievance or any problems.”

Celtic saw their move for Turnbull eventually fall through as a result of an issue picked up in medical tests, the Motherwell man now set for an extended spell on the sidelines after surgery.

Burke meanwhile played 19 games for the Bhoys during his half a season in Glasgow.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that a Hoops forward has travelled to England with a move to a Championship side on the cards.