Celtic chief govt Peter Lawwell has apologised for the membership’s journey to Dubai, saying “wanting with hindsight and looking out on the end result, clearly it was a mistake”.
The choice to journey to Dubai for a coaching camp amid a worldwide pandemic has angered many, with Christopher Jullien subsequently testing constructive for coronavirus and forcing 13 of his team-mates into quarantine.
Boss Neil Lennon and his assistant John Kennedy are additionally self-isolating after being dominated as shut contacts of the centre-back.
Livid followers have hit out on the resolution to let Jullien take the three,000-mile flight to the UAE regardless of being dominated out for 4 months with a critical knee harm.
First-team coach Gavin Strachan – who took over Lennon’s dugout duties within the 1-1 draw with Hibernian on Monday – insisted it was performed with one of the best of intentions as he reiterated Celtic didn’t remorse flying to the Center East.
Nevertheless, talking on Wednesday in a video titled ‘a message to our supporters’, Lawwell admitted the journey was “regrettable”.
“It has been an especially troublesome few days and you already know in reflection, wanting again, wanting with hindsight, and looking out on the end result of the journey, clearly it was a mistake,” Lawwell mentioned. “And for that, I profoundly apologise to our supporters.
“We left right here and the rationale for the camp was the very a lot one of the best intentions. Issues have not gone the best way we needed to and the result is clearly very regrettable.”
Explaining the explanations behind the journey, Lawwell added: “In case you look again during the last 4 years, going to the camp in Dubai has been extraordinarily profitable, and the choices we made have been completely in one of the best pursuits for the crew and one of the best pursuits of the membership.
“What we deliberate to do was to take them to those amenities once more, that are world class, after a really hectic programme in November and December, which has, up to now, confirmed to be an excellent profit by way of efficiency after January.
“By way of the info surrounding the journey, I feel we determined approach again in November to go, and have been permitted to go.
“Clearly, the panorama has modified considerably, significantly the run-up to us going to Dubai, by way of the an infection price and no matter. However, on the time the Dubai an infection price was nonetheless a part of the inexperienced hall, proper as much as the purpose the place we left.
“We have been deploying the identical protocols that we now have performed because the bubble began in June and we’ve not had one constructive up till this stage.
“General, the explanations to go have been for the correct causes, it was efficiency, and naturally on the finish of the result, that has been actually disappointing.”
Within the membership’s first Scottish Premiership match because the warm-weather coaching journey, these absent gamers and employees have been made to observe at residence as one other late defensive lapse allowed Hibs striker Kevin Nisbet to fireplace a late equaliser in an additional devastating blow to the Hoops’ faint title hopes.
The draw means Celtic at the moment are 21 factors behind runaway leaders Rangers, with three video games in hand.