A late night report suggests that Celtic against Hibs tonight should be a goer after the latest Scottish government restrictions on Dubai.
The Daily Record has reported that those arriving from the UAE city going back to January 3rd will have to self-isolate for 10 days.
That would be a huge concern for Celtic, who only arrived back in Scotland towards the end of last week. This comes after the club spent time having a warm-weather training camp in their favourite location.
However, the Record has also reported that special exemptions are made for elite sportsmen. That’s so long as they were abroad for elite training purposes. Celtic will maintain that they were and recent history does prove that.
Yet the report says a firm decision on Celtic and whether they have to isolate will be made at lunch-time this afternoon. This comes just hours ahead of our clash against Hibernian at Parkhead.
Report proves Celtic should be spared ahead of Hibs game
We all know it was a PR blunder in every sense by going to Dubai. You won’t find many Celtic fans who agree with it whatsoever, and that reflected in the backlash received for it.
However, the Scottish Government can’t determine whether Celtic were there for elite training purposes or not. The club should have to decide that. The fact the move was signed off in the first place and the government were working with Celtic on it is telling (Daily Record).
Nicola Sturgeon has, of course, questioned why Celtic were in Dubai (Clyde 1). Some may see it as hypocritical of the government if they spared the Hoops. But again, it goes back to who really determines why the club was in Dubai. Celtic will have covered all these basis with the relevant authorities before they went.
Celtic have made a big blunder morally with this trip, but this isn’t a club that would make legal blunders. They’re too smart for that. So it should be the case that tonight’s game against Hibernian is a goer.
We’ll see what happens as the day progresses. Celtic can’t afford to go rescheduling many more games given we’re already three behind our rivals.
This year has just been one disaster after another. Hopefully, we aren’t struck with another later today.