Former Celtic midfielder Stiliyan Petrov is worried about the current feeling inside the dressing room at Celtic Park.
The Bhoys’ season has completely unravelled.
Neil Lennon’s team are 21 points behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership with three games in hand.
The ten-in-a-row dream is almost officially gone. The future of this group of players is very much in doubt.
Outside dramas have rumbled on all season and Petrov, who knows what it means to be a winner at Celtic, reckons it will all be working against players unifying in the dressing room.
As quoted by The Scottish Daily Mail (14/01 print edition, page 91): “It is a difficult time.
“It gets hard in the dressing room when you are in that environment because it is not just about the football.
“With so many issues and so much noise you feel the fragility in the dressing room. There are lots of doubts in everyone’s minds.
“That then makes it difficult to come together.”
January drama unlikely to fix Celtic dressing room
Celtic’s trip to Dubai was likely designed to focus the minds of Neil Lennon’s squad.
Regardless of the countless reasons they shouldn’t have gone, it would have been seen as a way for them to block out all the outside noise and focus on themselves.
As we know, it has had the direct opposite effect.
Half the squad are self-isolating from each other while manager Neil Lennon isn’t even allowed to take training or attend matches right now.
Realistically, Celtic should be building for next season already. Definitive decisions should be taken on the management, coaching staff and any wantaway players.
Only then can the dressing room look to unify and move forward as a successful group.