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.
Celtic today confirmed that one player has recorded a positive test for covid-19. Clearly the player will receive all our care and full support.
All other members of our squad, management team and backroom squad are negative.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 10, 2021
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.
“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.
Scottish Govt spokesperson: No decision yet on whether Celtic in clear under ‘elite sports’ qualification. Celtic being spoken to by officials from Scot Govt & NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. Info will be fed back to Ministers who will make decision-possibly lunchtime tmrw @SkyNews https://t.co/tKsSsPfwgi
— James Matthews (@jamesmatthewsky) January 10, 2021
“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.”