Celtic social media silence on Dubai arrival is telling

By David Walton

January 4, 2021

Normally when Celtic jet out to Dubai, the club does all it can to provide us with in-depth coverage of the trip.

And that doesn’t kick in on day two or day three either. Nope, it usually all starts with images of the players at Glasgow airport followed by a nice picture or two after they’ve landed.

A few interviews on what the trip will entail/how it’s going are thrown into the mix. You’ll then have clips of the first-team training with all sorts of content produced over the break.

Celtic will eventually get cracking at some point this week in that regard. They can’t go a full week avoiding the fact the first-team squad is in Dubai. They need to justify this trip to supporters and will look to do so with clips of them training and interviews on how vital this trip is.

But their silence on social media for days one and two of the trip are telling. Celtic jetted off on Saturday after the Glasgow derby, with images emerging of the players leaving Glasgow. Yet there’s been no official acknowledgment of the trip as of yet on the club’s official social media channels.

Celtic will be trying to pick their moment

And that tells you all you need to know. Celtic are fully aware of the anger supporters have for this trip. You have some who believe they shouldn’t be off anywhere given how the league table looks. You then have others who believe the current lockdown situation in Scotland/the UK should’ve seen this trip halted.

Regardless of your reasons, you’re likely unhappy with this Dubai break. And make no mistake, that’s exactly what it is – a break. Spare me the idea that we need to head on a just-under eight-hour flight to find a decent place to train.

It smacks to this Celtic supporter of entitlement. Of a club that’s gotten so used to pampering itself in January that it can’t help but halt it for a year.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon leaves for Dubai after losing to Rangers (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Granted, Celtic’s social media silence after a derby isn’t totally unexpected. The club correctly paid tribute to the late great Gerry Marsden, who sadly passed away over the weekend. Outside of that tribute, there have been no other posts. The club tends to take a break after losing to Rangers to allow things to pass.

But it’s fair to say even that period of quiet is dragging on now. Their last football-related post was Neil Lennon’s reaction to the derby two days ago. The club simply can’t see an opportunity to post about Dubai at the moment. That says it all about the anger this trip has instilled amongst many in the Celtic support.

As mentioned, eventually they’ll get cracking and the updates will roll out as soon as they can get away with it. But make no mistake, Celtic aware of how furious the supporters are. Their social media silence has all but confirmed.

In other news, a Euro report has provided a grim update for Celtic regarding their chase for a James Forrest replacement.