Frank McAvennie claims it is “ridiculous” for First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon to be publicly criticising Celtic regarding their trip to Dubai.

The Parkhead legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is adamant that the club will have been given the green light by the Scottish government to travel to the Middle East for their winter training camp.

As quoted by the BBC yesterday, Sturgeon said Celtic have questions to answer over their mid-season trip to Dubai, while Deputy first minister John Swinney accused the club of setting a poor example to others.

In a statement on Twitter, the Hoops pointed to the fact that the relevant authorities had given the club permission to travel.

McAvennie insisted that the government should have contact the likes of Peter Lawwell if there was a problem regarding their trip.

“Why did Nicola Sturgeon not have this view when Celtic spoke to the Scottish government? The SFA said it was OK,” he told Football Insider.

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“If she changed her mind she should have got in touch with the club and said, ‘Do not do it. Do not go.’

“Peter Lawwell has got everyone’s number and he definitely will have spoke to the Scottish government and they said it was fine.

“Even now you can go to Dubai, I could go now because they have not shut it down.

“I think morally it is wrong for the team to go but the government should not be getting involved. It is not right. Why did they not phone the club? They have not told anyone.

“Nicola doesn’t like football anyway. She lets rugby fans back in before football fans, it is ridiculous.”

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