Celtic chief Peter Lawwell lastly mentioned sorry for Celtic’s Dubai debacle however his apology didn’t wash with a number of Parkhead punters who stay up in arms in regards to the journey to the Center East.
The chief government Lawwell admitted the membership regretted the mini winter coaching camp through the worst of the Covid-19 disaster and that it was improper within the present local weather.
Followers who’re residing underneath the tightest restrictions at dwelling have been infuriated at poolside photos of the squad, who returned to attract with Hibs which leaves the champions 21 factors behind rivals Rangers of their 10 In A Row bid.
Scotland woke as much as a white blanket of snow and temperatures dropped however Lawwell – who mentioned his membership was one of many worst affected by the pandemic – was feeling the warmth on the Hotline.
On the day it emerged Celtic have furloughed their Beneath-18 squad, Chris Lowe, Yoker, mentioned: “So pompous Pete releases a half-hearted apology solely to the Celtic supporters and never the remainder of Scottish soccer.
“After which, astonishingly, the subsequent day the ‘cash-rich’ membership as he so typically boasted about prior to now has to place the total Beneath-18 crew on furlough not even every week after getting back from their £250,000 Dubai journey.”
John Bruce emailed: “Celtic have proven nice consistency by lurching to their newest PR catastrophe, this time within the type of their membership’s official apology.
“Peter Lawwell confirmed little empathy or contrition in his scripted handle, with no apology to society on the whole. As an alternative he performed the sufferer card by claiming that Covid had most likely affected his membership greater than another. Strive telling that to the decrease league golf equipment.
“It’s unimaginable that ‘solely in hindsight’ did he assume that it wasn’t a good suggestion to ship 49 individuals to Dubai from a Tier four lockdown.
“Lawwell appeared that the one factor he was sorry for was being caught.”
Stephen Johnstone, Ardentinny, mentioned: “The following supervisor for Celtic should be Basil Fawlty. Exchange Peter Lawwell with Manuel, and keep in mind: Don’t Point out Dubai!
“All ought to resign from Parkhead and the soccer authorities for turning Scottish soccer right into a scene from Fawlty Towers.”
Muir Fulton, Ayr, mentioned: “I can see why Peter Lawwell is saying Celtic are the worst hit membership with their crippling £60 million wage invoice and no extra property on the park other than Odsonne Edouard who will have to be bought with PSG claiming 40 per cent of the charge.
“They don’t have any cash within the financial institution, no Champions League cash and are getting £1 million from Moussa Dembele’s sale to Atletico Madrid because it’s 10 per cent of the revenue Lyon make reasonably than the total switch charge.
“They don’t have any Champions League cash.”
Danny Robertson, Paisley, mentioned: “The vanity of all issues Celtic, membership and followers, by no means ceases to amaze me. Fan demonstrations and close to riots throughout a worldwide pandemic, the place isolation is a Authorities requirement, all as a result of outcomes on the park usually are not going their means.
“Now we’ve got the membership who’re consistently reminding anybody keen to hear how great and financially rewarding their marketing strategy is, flying their gamers and workers midway throughout the globe throughout mentioned pandemic when anybody with a modem of widespread sense might see that returning, Covid-free, was nigh unimaginable.
“Now they’re making an attempt to distance themselves from any type of blame by citing the soccer authorities and Scottish Authorities as giving them permission for making the journey.
“The entire stupidity and, I say it once more, vanity of this case beggars perception.”
Frank McCulloch, Tranent, mentioned: “So Celtic say they’re sorry for travelling and it shouldn’t have occurred however the different golf equipment who broke the foundations are fined or deducted factors. Double requirements.”
Leagues beneath the Championship have suspended and Invoice Lockerbie, Northampton, mentioned: “If public security is the prime concern, the SPFL ought to deliver the season to a halt now and award Rangers the title.
“That means we don’t permit Covid-19 to dictate who performs when and the way. Moreover Rangers will say Celtic didn’t win 9 and Celtic will say Rangers didn’t cease 10 so everybody’s a winner.”