Celtic only have themselves to blame for the added pressure mounting over the training camp in Dubai, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the Hoops would have been better off cancelling their trip rather than inviting criticism and sending the wrong message during what has been a difficult season.
The Bhoys, who travelled to the UAE after their 1-0 derby day defeat to Rangers for a warm-weather training camp, have come under heavy fire for their decision to travel amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
Celtic fans furious as Neil Lennon and Scott Brown spend the afternoon doing nothing.
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A Callum McGregor own goal secured a second Old Firm victory for the Gers and sent Steven Gerrard’s men 19 points clear at the top of the table.
Hutton has admitted that while Celtic did not do anything wrong by the letter of the law, they should have considered cancelling the trip to avoid all the conjecture.
Hutton told Football Insider: “I don’t think it’s the best timing, is it? If we think about it logically, it’s not ideal – to be beaten by Rangers and then the next day fly to Dubai, in the situation that we’re in.
“I understand that was booked a while ago and they’ve went through all the right channels and seemingly it was alright to do and that’s why they flew away, it was before the actual lockdown, the proper lockdown so in their eyes they haven’t done anything wrong.
“I do get that, but when you see things on social media, video clips from other Scottish supporters, filming the team and laughing and all that, it just doesn’t look right. It doesn’t send the right message, in my opinion.
“It would have probably been easier just to stay at home, work there at the training ground and then this isn’t a thing.
“It’s all in the papers and on social media, everybody’s got an opinion but this doesn’t happen and at this moment in time it’s probably the last thing Celtic need, extra pressure mounting.
“I just think the timing’s not been great.”