By Noel Whelan

11th Jan, 2021 | 11:17am

Pundit Exclusive: Celtic clash tonight may now be in 'Jeopardy' after big update

Noel Whelan is incensed with the Celtic hierarchy after one of the club’s first team players tested positive for Covid-19.

The former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said that tonight’s game against Hibernian is in “serious jeopardy” after the “stupid” decision to go to Dubai.

The club confirmed yesterday that one of player has tested positive upon his return to Scotland from a midseason training camp in Dubai.

Assistant manager John Kennedy admitted that the squad were guilty of “minor slip-ups” in protocols during their trip but claimed that a “false picture” has been painted by the press.

The Scottish government will today make a call on whether the rest of the team will need to self-isolate, a decision which could have major consequences on tonight’s fixture against Hibernian and the weekend’s game against Livingston.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the latest developments, Whelan said:  “Look this was always going to be the case.

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“It was so silly going out there, I do not care if you have done it for the past four years. During this pandemic and this Covid crisis that we are going through you stay at home. You do not go on flights abroad.

“They now have one player that has tested positive and while other players have tested negative it may be laying dormant for a few days. It is still a big risk.

“To me, it is really stupid that they went across there. It should have been stopped. It is not the right time to be going on a training camp, put it that way.

“Now their game against Hibernian is in serious jeopardy as well.” 

In other news, a 23-year-old Celtic defender is set to leave Parkhead with a European deal poised to secure his signature.