People have every right to be “outraged” after Neil Lennon refused to follow Celtic chief Peter Lawwell in apologising for the warm-weather training camp in Dubai. 

That is the view of former Rangers and Scotland defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the initial statement has been undermined by the manager’s comments.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell took to the club’s official Youtube channel to apologise to supporters for the much-criticised trip, admitting it was “a mistake” to travel.

However, as quoted by Glasgow Live at his pre-match press conference, Lennon refused to apologise for the training camp going ahead and insisted he only regretted that one (now two) players had tested positive for Covid-19.

Hutton has insisted there are “mixed signals” coming out of Parkhead and that supporters had every right to be furious with the way their club have handled the situation.

Reacting to Lawwell’s statement, Lennon told Football Insider: “The people have forced his hand to come out and apologise.

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“He’s done the right thing, they’ve made a mistake, but you’ve got Lawwell, on one hand, coming out and apologising and then you’ve got Neil Lennon, who’s the manager, on the other hand saying that nothing was wrong.

“It’s giving out mixed signals so I totally understand why people are outraged with it. After the Rangers game you’re thinking the last thing this Celtic team needs is to be going away to Dubai with everything that’s going on.

“They were in the wrong going away, it’s as simple as that, they should never have done it and then this doesn’t happen. That’s the simple fact of the matter.”

In other news, Celtic have given the green light for one of their star midfielders to join a Premier League club in this window.