“We had a drink and returned to a barrage of hypocrisy”: Neil Lennon INCREDIBLY DEFENDS Celtic’s training camp trip to Dubai – even if another player tests positive for Covid – and claims there is an agenda against his unraveled champions
- Neil Lennon has defended Celtic’s decision to begin their training trip to Dubai
- Leaving Glasgow for the Middle East earlier this month sparked controversy
- Lennon, John Kennedy and 13 Sterne had to self-isolate after a positive Covid test
- He missed the draw with Hibernian and the goalless draw with Livingston
- But a defiant Lennon has now claimed there was an agenda against his champions
Celtic manager Neil Lennon has defended his team’s controversial mid-season trip to Dubai, despite it being announced that another member of his first-team squad has tested positive for Covid-19.
The Celtic boss missed the 1-1 draw with Hibernian and the goalless draw with Livingston at Parkhead as he self-isolated after the club’s controversial training trip to the Middle East.
Lennon, assistant John Kennedy and 13 players were forced to self-isolate after Christopher Jullien tested positive for coronavirus and managing director Peter Lawwell admitted the trip was “a mistake” and apologized to Hoops fans.
An angry Neil Lennon defended Celtic’s controversial midseason trip to Dubai on Monday
Celtic has been heavily criticized for continuing the trip despite rising Covid-19 cases
There was a fierce reaction to Celtic’s trip to Dubai after they ignored the increasing cases of Covid-19 both at home and in the Middle East in late December by flying out hours after their 1-0 loss to Rangers on Jan. 2.
Pictures of players and staff drinking alcohol in a swimming pool angered fans, who were currently on a second suspension, and led Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to wonder if the club was abusing their elite athlete exemption.
But before traveling to Livingston on Wednesday, a defiant Lennon claimed there was an agenda against his champions, who are currently 21 points behind the Leading Rangers, and insisted that there was “bullying” going on.
He said: ‘Another player was considered positive, it’s someone who is self-isolating. Everyone is negative except for two players.
“I find this remarkable and blow the water out of the way the trip has been portrayed in certain media, by certain experts and also by certain government officials.
“The consequences of that have been far too much – there is a little bit of bullies.”