So Celtic’s decision to continue with their winter training camp in Dubai has backfired as it has now been confirmed that Chris Jullien has tested positive for Covid-19.
We all knew it was a bad move for the club to travel to the UAE for training purposes when they could have just stayed in Glasgow without having a major impact on this already poor season.
Now that Jullien has been confirmed to have Covid-19, Neil Lennon and John Kennedy along with 13 other first-team players have now been told by health officials to self-isolate.
The match against Hibernian will go-ahead and it looks likely that Gavin Strachan will take charge of the match, Hibs have always been a tough opponent and now they will be even tougher as we are unsure of what line-up to expect.
The Hoops released a club statement on the matter:
“Celtic Football Club confirmed today that Christopher Jullien has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating at home. We wish Christopher a speedy recovery.
“While all of the other members of the squad and backroom team have tested negative, we have been informed by the authorities that, having been deemed ‘close contacts’, Celtic manager Neil Lennon, assistant John Kennedy and 13 first-team players will be required to self-isolate on a precautionary basis as required by the current regulations.
“The Club would like to thank the Scottish FA, JRG and the Scottish Government for their assistance in managing this case. Celtic will, of course, fulfill its fixture against Hibernian this evening.
“Clearly we are hugely disappointed, as we know our supporters will be. The contacts were identified during the period from Wednesday last week, primarily around flight and team coach travel, during which time Celtic applied the same rigorous protocols used for pre-season training camps, UEFA match travel and for all domestic match arrangements in Scotland.
“These protocols have served us well in the past, as the Club has not had one positive case in our own ‘bubble’ until now. As we have already stated, Celtic’s decision to travel to Dubai for a training camp was for performance reasons. Whilst we were in Dubai, the announcements made on January 4 significantly changed the COVID landscape.
“The reality is that a case could well have occurred had the team remained in Scotland, as other cases have done in Scottish football and across UK sport in the past week.