Celtic may finally be regretting travelling to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp – despite official statements defending the decision.
That is the view of former Rangers and Scotland manager Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the public message may be different to the feelings behind closed doors at Parkhead.
In a statement issued on Monday, Celtic confirmed Christopher Jullien had tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from the training camp in the UAE, although they continued to defend their trip abroad amid heavy criticism.
Celtic Football Club Statement. https://t.co/mvvGWaGObh
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 11, 2021
The Frenchman’s positive test has resulted in Neil Lennon, John Kennedy and 13 first-team players being forced into self-isolation after being judged as in close contact to the defender.
Despite the steadfast defence from Celtic over their decision to travel to the Middle East in the middle of a pandemic, McLeish has suggested there may be unrest among the decision-makers at Parkhead.
McLeish told Football Insider: “I’ve been in the hot seat many, many times, I know when the pressure moves on you the way it feels, it’s not a nice thing – there’s always things that you look at and say: ‘Well, I wish we hadn’t done that.’
“Celtic at this very moment could be saying: ‘We wish we hadn’t done that, regardless of of the legalities of it, it was deemed legal.’ Of course, they weren’t to account for the decisions that were made subsequently to them going on the trip and even in the middle of the trip.
“I think that they’re suffering the consequences just now, they’re getting criticism from all angles.
“Yeah, he could have caught the virus if they were here as well, given what’s happened, but going away, middle of a pandemic? I’d have definitely thought twice about it myself.”