Celtic to reportedly avoid SFA investigation; government won't be pleased
According to new reports from Sky Sports, Celtic will dodge punishment from the SFA over the club’s trip to Dubai.
Sky have reported that the “Scottish FA will not investigate Celtic’s decision to travel to Dubai for a winter training camp”. This comes despite condemnation from the Scottish Government.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had called the mid-season trip into question yesterday at her daily briefing:
“We would expect the SFA to look into Celtic’s trip further.
“While there are travel exemptions for elite sports which are designed to facilitate international and European competition, if we feel they’re being abused, we won’t hesitate to remove this privilege.”
Celtic responded with the following tweets:
In response to the Scottish Government statement, the club has issued the following response:
‘The training camp was arranged a number of months ago & approved by all relevant footballing authorities & @scotgov through the Joint Response Group on 12th November 2020.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 4, 2021
Celtic still not out of the woods
That said, the SFA could still choose to look at Celtic’s poolside antics.
Kilmarnock are lodging a complaint with the Scottish footballing authorities, according to the Daily Record. Their focus isn’t on the trip itself, but on the social distancing measures that need to be adhered to.
Killie lawyers will use the image of Celtic players lounging by a pool in close proximity in their complaint, the Record reports.
It raises questions of double standards in the Scottish Premiership. The SFA will be reluctant to appear as if they are favouring Celtic.
For what it’s worth, Kilmarnock and other aggrieved SPFL clubs have a point here. If the trip itself wasn’t questionable enough, the picture will have aggravated many. Especially those who have been docked points for breaking Covid-19 distancing measures.
So, Celtic aren’t out of trouble entirely. Not just yet.
We have a strong feeling this will rumble on indefinitely.