As First Minister Nicola Sturgeon rails against Celtic for their mid-season mid-pandemic trip to Dubai, Rangers fans have been chuckling quietly in the corner.

But whilst it’s funny to see Neil Lennon’s side in disarray and getting both barrels from the powers that be, the fact the First Minister dedicated minutes of her daily briefing to this shouldn’t be understated.

The issue is that – whilst Celtic might take umbrage with it and tried to be clever in their statement – images from the camp appear to show this is more about R&R than intense training.

Leaked photos of the team sharing a beer beside the pool are in clear breach of Covid-19 protocols which must be adhered to amongst squads back in Scotland.

Celtic – with this selfish, spoiled, ridiculous trip to the Middle East – didn’t just put the club’s reputation on the line, but they put Scottish football at risk too.

After Boli Bolingoli’s early-season yellow card their flagrant breaching of rules whilst abroad puts the entire game north of the border in jeopardy.

And it’s for that reason – and I don’t how the powers that be should do it – that Celtic should have the book is thrown at them upon their return.

St. Mirren and Kilmarnock were docked by the SPFL for failing to adhere to Covid protocols properly in Scotland, Celtic have flagrantly breached them abroad in Dubai.

It’s a national embarrassment that there should be so much fawning over a football team’s insistence they need a trip abroad to help them get back on track.

It’s a game of football – and whilst it’s important to all of us – it’s utterly ridiculous that for some reason life and public health should be put at risk to help them mend the sores of a bad six months.

Not only that, but Celtic have had Heaven and Earth moved for them to have this trip go ahead despite the fact they are still three games behind in the title race.

Even if Celtic don’t come back with any Dubai related Covid-19 issues, what kind of a message does this elitist nonsense send out?

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Celtic’s trip to Dubai “should be looked into” by the Scottish footballing authorities [BBC Sport]. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Celtic are fooling no-one – they put their season, Rangers’ season and the entire Scottish football season at risk and they deserve to be punished as a result.

Not that we should hold any hope that the SPFL are in a position to do so – their role in this situation highlights precisely want Rangers warned about in the summer.

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