'It's Crazy' - Exclusive: Pundit reacts to another huge Celtic development
Christopher Jullien’s positive Covid-19 test proves Celtic “were in the wrong” to travel to Dubai for their warm-weather training camp.
That is the view of former Rangers and Scotland defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the news was another “crazy” development in the Hoops roller-coaster of a season.
Celtic confirmed on Monday that Jullien had provided a positive Covid-19 test and that 13 first-team players, as well as Neil Lennon and John Kennedy, had been forced into self-isolation.
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The Bhoys managed to fulfil their league fixture against Hibernian on Monday night but the heavily-depleted squad could only manage a 1-1 draw.
The news of Jullien’s positive test came after the squad returned from their controversial training camp in the UAE.
Celtic chiefs were forced to defend the club against accusations of poor conduct from the Scottish government.
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Hutton has insisted the Hoops were already under severe pressure following the trip and that has mounted amid the Jullien case and draw against Hibs.
“It’s crazy. Honestly, I remember after the Rangers game, I found out they were going away and I was thinking it’s just not right,” Hutton told Football Insider.
“They’ve just turned a corner, they’re picking up in form, they’ve just got beat in an Old Firm game and now they’re going to Dubai with everything that is going on in the world, it just didn’t sit right and it’s obviously the same opinion as a lot of people.
“When they came back and I heard of the one test and then it was 13 isolating, I said that honestly, they’re just making it so difficult for themselves at the moment. You just don’t want that.
“If they came back and there were no positive tests, right, maybe it’d have been okay but it just shows that they were in the wrong.
“Before the game I was saying if they don’t get a win here, it’s going to be even worse. To draw the game piles on pressure again.”