Neil Lennon yesterday accused recent Celtic opponents Hamilton and St Johnstone of failing to follow Covid protocols, and it’s prompted a response from the former.
Lennon was questioning the heavy sanction imposed on his club by the Scottish Government last week. It was a ruling that led to 16 players and staff having to self-isolate due to the close contact rule involving Chris Jullien’s positive Covid case.
The Celtic boss would highlight previous protocols in place at Hamilton and St Johnstone respectively. He wasn’t impressed. As quoted by the Daily Record, Lennon said: ” In terms of physical distancing we have been in dressing rooms throughout the country – Hamilton on Boxing Day, St Johnstone – where there is no physical distancing.
“There is no room, we are cramped up, 15-20 people in the one room.
“And now, all of sudden, we adhere to all protocols, taken photographs, adhered to every rule in place and we have 13 players, and three staff isolating for 10 days that, apart from one, are all negative.”
Lennon not happy with Celtic decision; Hamilton send a rebuttal
As quoted by the Glasgow Times, Accies said: “It is not our policy to comment on statements made by other clubs. We are content that we meet the most stringent standards of Covid protocols for all people visiting our stadium.”
If there was anything to complain about after the Hamilton clash, it should’ve been brought up at the time. Instead, it just looks as though Celtic are using it as a deflection tactic.
Listen, there must have been something there that annoyed the manager. Or something that he felt wasn’t quite right against Hamilton and St Johnstone. But it’s not going to be investigated now. Why it wasn’t brought up on matchday is the question that needs answering.
The likes of Accies and St Johnstone don’t have anything to prove. It’s not on them to defend themselves, it’s on the accuser to prove there was no social distancing. As of yet, Lennon’s the only one to bring it up.
Yes, the decision may come across as harsh from the Scottish Gov on the close contact rule. Whether we truly needed as many of those players to self-isolate as we had doesn’t really matter. It’s not the main focus or the main reason Celtic should be angry.
They should be fuming with themselves and themselves alone. Bringing other clubs into it at this stage just feels like a defensive tactic.