By Frank McAvennie

14th Jan, 2021 | 10:35am

'It's Backfired' - Exclusive: McAvennie reacts to massive Celtic U-turn

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell was right to “bite the bullet” and apologise to supporters after their mid-season trip to Dubai.

That is the view of Parkhead legend Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the events that have transpired since the club have returned from their winter training camp.

The Hoops were forced to field a depleted side against Hibernian on Monday night after Christopher Jullien tested positive for Covid-19 upon his return from Dubai.

Neil Lennon, John Kennedy and 13 first team players were forced to self-isolate as a result and subsequently missed the 1-1 draw – they will also be unavailable for Saturday’s game against Livingston.

The club were adamant that they have done no wrong in an initial statement and insisted that this Covid situation could have occurred as easily in Scotland.

However, Peter Lawwell delivered a massive U-turn on Wednesday and apologised on behalf of the club for recent events.

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McAvennie believes it was the right course of action.

“I understand what they were saying, that they have not done anything wrong – but they have by the supporters,” he told Football Insider. “It is morally wrong.

“They should say to the supporters that they made a big mistake. They thought they would go out there, come back and kick on but it has not happened. It has backfired.

“I am a shining example of making mistakes, putting your hand up and saying sorry. If you put your hands up people will accept that. Everyone makes mistakes.

“Some of the ex players are having a go and the club are trying to close ranks. They do not need to close ranks, everyone is with them. It is just sometimes you have to bite the bullet. Just admit it. It is done now.

“Morally they were so far off the mark. They have not understood the feeling of the supporters, that is for sure.” 

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