Celtic appear to be a touch perplexed by the Scottish Government ruling to send 16 of them into self-isolation last week.
The Hoops have felt the wrath of both the media and the supporters over their trip to Dubai. The resulting positive case from Chris Jullien that led to 15 others going into self-isolation only heightened the anger.
The reason so many had to go into self-isolation was due to their closeness in enclosed spaces such as buses and planes. However, Celtic believed they had managed to sort that via using business class seats on their flight to the UAE and back.
But that wasn’t the case, and Neil Lennon admitted he was confused as to why the club was punished so strictly.
As quoted by the Daily Record, he said: “Well on the plane it was the guys that were closest to them. So all of a sudden it was two rows back, two rows forward, two rows to the side. We were under the impression that with business class seat the distance from two seats back was pretty safe. And some lads had to isolate because they were on buses with Christopher.
“This is where I’m confused. Because all clubs in Scotland have been travelling up and down the country in two buses. With these guidelines now that we are having to adhere to it means that only three players can travel on a 52-seater bus.
“So when we played Hibs last Monday we had to bus six players on two 52-seater buses. So that would mean every club in the country with a say of, you know, 30 people, would have to take 10 buses. For me, the goalposts are completely moved. It is absolutely preposterous.”
Scottish government decision has Celtic bemused; but there was one solution
Of course, this protocol has been put in place before. Celtic aren’t a special case here. Remember, the Scottish under-21s came back with three positive cases from an international camp back in November. From this, a further 10 close contact cases were identified by the government.
The same practice was used here. Two rows around the seat with the positive case. That was the rule in November and it’s the same rule.
If we felt we were going to get away with it by using business class seats, then it should’ve been checked with the government. That would’ve cleared up whether we were covered in that area or not and could’ve led to wiser seating arrangements.
Of course, there was one solution that Lennon’s missing – not going to Dubai whatsoever! That’s something Neil really could’ve acknowledged yesterday instead of going so gung-ho. But he was clearly furious with the whole saga.
We can have no complaints. As a club, we made an absolutely dreadful decision morally. Regardless of whether we’re being punished harshly in the eyes of some, I would argue it’s totally merited for the sheer stupidity of the decision alone.
So as much as Neil and the higher-ups may be a touch confused, there are more pressing matters here. Let’s start with who truly signed off on the trip in the first place.