Michael Stewart slams Celtic hierarchy after Dubai statement confirms absentees

By John McGinley

January 11, 2021

Michael Stewart has slammed Celtic for pursuing the trip to Dubai in the midst of the pandemic.

Christopher Jullien has contracted Covid-19 and more than a dozen other Celtic players and staff are now required to self-isolate.

The farcical situation has drawn condemnation from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pundits and supporters.

The club released a statement earlier but, as we discussed, that left a lot to be desired.

This latest incident is just one of many Celtic mistakes this season.

Stewart, who has provided punditry for Celtic TV recently, didn’t miss with his criticism.

Writing on Twitter, he stated: “The fact Celtic are now without 13 first team players, a manager and an asst manager just further goes to show what an ill-thought-out idea it was to go to Dubai. These are not normal times and that trip should’ve been binned, plain and simple.

“On many levels the club have simply made too many poor decisions in the last year and the price of that is clear for all to see now.

“The fact Christopher Julien, who is out for 4 months injured, went to Dubai got COVID and now 13 team mates his manager and asst manager have to self isolate sort of epitomises the whole saga.”

Dubai trip was always a mistake for Celtic

Celtic can’t really claim not to have seen this coming.

We’ve had plenty of coverage on the Dubai trip on this website over the last few weeks, reflecting what most fans know – this was always a mistake.

Sure, they might have lost money by cancelling at the last minute.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon / (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

However, by the time they took to a flight at Glasgow Airport after the Rangers game, it was obvious that Celtic shouldn’t be making the trip, even if they were technically able.

The decision-making at the club is at a serious low. Michael Stewart is right to criticise the Celtic Dubai visit.

I dread to think what will happen next.

In other news, why was Christopher Jullien even in Dubai?