Fans and media figures react as Celtic make questionable trip to Dubai
Celtic made it clear that the squad and coaching staff would be flying to Dubai regardless of today’s result.
Needless to say, fans and the general public aren’t too impressed. Given that we’re in the depths of a deadly pandemic, it seems like a bit of a slap in the face.
Celtic supporters worldwide have been hugely affected by the Covid-19 disaster. It feels particularly galling knowing that Season Ticket money has been spent on this squad jolly to the UAE.
Yes, in an ideal world, Celtic should go to warmer climes when the opportunity presents itself. You could quite reasonably argue that Dubai, with its awful reputation for human rights (Human Rights Watch) isn’t the place. Nor is it the time.
According to the Scottish Sun, “the UAE is on the current official list of exempt countries meaning there’s no requirement to adhere to the otherwise necessary 10 days self isolation on return”.
Besides, it’s a work trip. No harm done, right…?
In another awful PR move for the Club, the Celtic hierarchy have unapologetically confirmed the squad’s foreign travails, even in the middle of a congested fixture list.
The whole thing, to be frank, is a total mess. Journalists and supporters of both Celtic and other Scottish clubs were quick to point this out.
Celtic condemned by media and fans
Perhaps the most reliable source in football, where Celtic are concerned, Sky Sports man Anthony Joseph was clear in his disappointment:
Celtic going to Dubai for a training camp in these times doesn’t sit well with me at all. It may be within the rules for both governments/authorities, but it’s certainly not in the spirit of the rules.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) January 2, 2021
The Guardian’s Ewan Murray tried to get his head around Celtic’s decision:
Celtic’s fixture scenario is baffling. Three games in hand, didn’t play pre cup final, not this midweek, not next midweek because of Dubai. From the league that bleat about no spare windows.
— Ewan Murray (@mrewanmurray) January 2, 2021
Similarly, A View From The Terrace cast member Duncan McKay expressed his understandable dismay:
Strikes me as absolutely ridiculous that celtic are off to dubai in the middle of a pandemic for a training camp.
— Duncan McKay (@DuncMcKay) January 2, 2021
Fans across Scottish football, meanwhile, were equally unequivocal.
Celtic Football Club don’t take your entire squad on their holidays to Dubai during a global pandemic you idiots challenge 2021
— Andrew Christie (@thatAndrewC) January 2, 2021
How on Earth are Celtic getting away with flying to Dubai? During a pandemic?! How is this allowed?
— Craig Lindsay (@craig_lindsay) January 2, 2021
How can Celtic fly to Dubai for some winter sun when I can’t visit my grandchildren who live 4 miles away?
— Catherine Morton (@cath62la) January 2, 2021
Is it just me but I’m really getting annoyed at the Celtic crew ( Lennon & co ) who are off to sunny Dubai spending some of our donated cash. Don’t tell me they won’t be using sun loungers and having a few pints . They’ve not earned the jolly boys outing 👎
— Brian Cassidy (@BrianCa60227754) January 2, 2021
Go on, Celtic. Do as you do and swan off to Dubai, showing complete and utter contempt for us mug ST holders, sitting here in lockdown. No self awareness whatsoever.
— Paul Quinn (@quinn321888) January 2, 2021