BT Sport pundit's raging on-air rant at Celtic and Scottish FA

By John McGinley

January 8, 2021

Celtic have upset Ally McCoist.

Nothing newsworthy about that I suppose, but the tone of his criticism tonight was pretty angry even for the ‘cheeky chappy’.

He’s been left fuming with their decision to head to Dubai in the middle of a pandemic, clashing with Celtic hero Chris Sutton on BT Sport.

McCoist isn’t the only one to raise his concerns.

Plenty of Celtic fans, as well as politicians, have weighed in on the subject.

The former Rangers striker also aimed his sights at the Scottish FA and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Speaking on BT Sport’s Scottish Football Extra show tonight, he said: “C’mon guys, in the current climate, who in their right mind thinks it’s a good idea to go to another country with a group of players when there’s just been this second bout of the virus?

“It’s a stupid idea in so many ways, so many counts. If the Government thought it was a good idea, why has Nicola Sturgeon asked the SFA to look into the matter? If she deals with it how it’s required, she should be dealing with it herself.

“But the fact she’s then asked the SFA would indicate to me she wants the governing body to do something about it, whether it’s to have a look at it or whatever, I don’t know.

“But they’ve chosen not to do it, because potentially they’re a little bit embarrassed for, again I use the word ‘stupidity’.”

Neil Lennon’s defence

Celtic have defended the decision to fly across the world.

They’ve regularly posted social media updates of all the training being done in the UAE.

Neil Lennon has also spoken out on the trip, suggesting it was a necessary exercise to help his players prepare for the rest of the season.

It won’t wash with many.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, from Celtic’s perspective, they got permission from the Scottish FA, SPFL and Scottish Government through the Joint Response Group.

Sources have claimed to newspapers that the Scottish Government were involved in the decision as recently as last weekend.

It’s a messy situation, and I’m just hoping we can put it all behind us with a victory against Hibernian on Monday night!

In other news, a Celtic Invincible has returned to Scotland.