Celtic have been struck by disaster as 13 first-team players and 2 coaches including Neil Lennon and John Kennedy have been told to self-isolate.
Everything that could have gone wrong for Celtic this season has indeed gone wrong. And now, it looks like things are only going to get worse from here on.
The club’s trip to Dubai in the middle of a global pandemic in order to undergo warm-weather training created a lot of controversy amongst the media as well as the fans. Now we just have confirmation that it was the wrong step to take and nobody should be surprised at all.
It was confirmed yesterday that a player had tested positive and now it looks like that man is Christopher Jullien. As a result, 13 first-team players and 2 coaches including Neil Lennon and John Kennedy have been told to self-isolate. Shambolic!
The club released the following statement on their official website:
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.
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Now, why was Jullien even on the trip to Dubai? He has been confirmed to be out for three to four months with a knee injury. So did he really need to travel to a foreign country in the middle of a pandemic instead of getting treatment in Glasgow?
The whole thing should have never been planned and could have been easily avoided. Common sense should have prevailed in this situation but unfortunately it did not. And it looks like we are going to pay the price for that.
At this moment, we can only extend our best wishes to Jullien and hope that he recovers quickly.
The club have announced that the game against Hibernian will go ahead tonight and we only have to wonder what kind of team will be put on the pitch for that. It is time to admit that the league is completely gone now. Even the flicker of hope that was left has now been extinguished. And the club has only themselves to blame.