By Alex McLeish

9th Sep, 2021 | 6:00pm

McLeish suggests 'deeper reasons' behind Tottenham player 'nightmare' after Sky update

Alex McLeish has suggested there are “deeper” reasons behind the “nightmare” situation Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero face at Tottenham.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland manager insisted the players were not solely to blame for their “naivety”.

Sky Sports claim (7th September) Lo Celso and Romero are to receive hefty fines for linking up with the Argentina squad without permission.

The pair reportedly jetted to South America without clearance from the club.

Both Lo Celso and Romero started Argentina’s controversial clash against Brazil.

Health authorities caused the suspension and eventual abandonment of the match after they stormed the pitch.

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The Tottenham duo were among four players accused of breaking quarantine rules in Brazil.

They will reportedly spend 10 days in Croatia before returning to the UK to avoid the need to isolate.

McLeish admitted the situation has turned into an unwanted ordeal for both club and players.

However, he insists Lo Celso and Romero are not solely to blame.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “There will probably be a bit of naivety from the players as well. There’s no doubt about that.

“They’re young guys, they’re impressionable. I don’t know, it depends on what these guys felt.

“They thought they were maybe in the clear.

“There will probably be deeper reasons why this situation was a nightmare.”

Romero and Lo Celso will miss Spurs’ visit to Crystal Palace after their international exploits.

Neither has established themselves as a mainstay under Nuno Espirito Santo yet.

In other news, Kieran Maguire heralds Daniel Levy as Tottenham chief seals “win” over Manchester City.