Celtic in Dubai: The overlooked negative of controversial trip

By David Walton

January 5, 2021

When it comes to Celtic in Dubai, there are plenty of negatives you can take a heavy dig at.

We can go on and on about the moral aspect of this. You can also wonder whether the players even deserve to nip out for a week in the sun given the situation in the league.

However, there’s another big negative that’s been overlooked. The fact that this was a golden opportunity to play one of our three games in-hand.

The club’s games in-hand will come against Livingston, Aberdeen, and St Mirren respectively. All three of those games now have dates penned in.

The Hoops will face Livingston on January 20th. Aberdeen will visit Glasgow on February 17th. St Mirren will do the same on March 3rd. However, just because we’ve found dates for them doesn’t mean that they’re convenient.

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Celtic in Dubai: A missed opportunity to play games in hand

When Aberdeen visit Parkhead, it will be in the middle of what could be a seven-game month. Removing a midweek from that would’ve been most welcome. Four days before that we visit St Johnstone and just days later we will likely have a Scottish Cup game. Goodness knows where that could be.

Even the game against St Mirren comes only three days before a tough-looking trip to Tannadice. Some of this could’ve been avoided by cracking on with our game in-hand this week.

The players are still looking fresh and would’ve been itching to bounce back from Saturday. The last thing the Celtic squad will have wanted will have been to chew on this for nine days. It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Instead of going to Dubai we could’ve gotten one of these fixtures out of the road. At the very least it would’ve narrowed the gap by three points had we won. These three games have become a source of real annoyance for supporters.

We also don’t know what the future holds either. Who knows whether the game in Scotland will be shut down for a short period with Covid cases rising. We need to take our opportunities to play these games wisely.

Celtic fans should’ve been getting ready to watch their team tonight. Instead, the squad are having a good time in Dubai and allowing the fixtures to pile up.

In other news, a youngster Celtic released in 2011 is now reportedly ready to come back to Parkhead.