Celtic have “spat in the faces of supporters” with their controversial trip to Dubai – and deserve all the condemnation that comes their way.
That is according to Hoops legend Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the impact of the Middle East training camp that has brought the national spotlight on to Parkhead.
In response to the Scottish Government statement, the club has issued the following response:
‘The training camp was arranged a number of months ago & approved by all relevant footballing authorities & @scotgov through the Joint Response Group on 12th November 2020.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 4, 2021
Even the club’s own supporters have been left fuming by the decision to head to the Middle East just a day after the 1-0 defeat at Rangers that left their title hopes in tatters.
Images emerged earlier in the week of manager Neil Lennon and skipper Scott Brown drinking beers by the pool of the club’s luxury hotel.
McAvennie is in no doubt that Celtic got it badly wrong by heading overseas just hours before Scotland went into full lockdown.
“Morally, it is wrong that they went to Dubai,” the ex-striker told Football Insider. “I do not think they should have gone. I do not get it.
“I get you can go to Dubai and I get the fact that they want to do warm training but it spits in the faces of the supporters.
“It is wrong for the fans. It has not put a good taste in the supporters mouth. Everyone else in the league is training in Scotland…”
Rangers’ win last weekend leaves Celtic 19 points adrift in the Scottish Premiership race.
Lennon’s side are next in action on Monday night when they host Hibernian at Parkhead.