Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell might’ve tried to fool his own supporters with an “apology” over Dubai-gate, but there are few associated with Rangers who’ll be buying it.
The Celtic chief took to the club’s YouTube channel to offer an explanation of the Parkhead side’s mid-season jolly to the Middle East cut between a montage of training clips.
It’s almost like they were trying to convince the public that this was a performance-related camp after all.
Lawwell failed to touch on the reasons why injured Christoper Jullien was in the camp and the heavily criticised Celtic chief also produced a non-apology which will echo through the Scottish footballing history books.
In it, not only did Lawwell exemplify the do-no-wrong entitled attitude rife at Celtic over the last decade, but he also displayed the same arrogance the club have towards the game in Scotland.
Celtic-focused, all about their ambitions with the camp, but not a word on the impact and potential ramifications this had on the Scottish game.
Thrust back into the limelight is the press discussion over games being halted whilst below Championship level they already are.
Whilst Celtic’s Dubai jolly might not have been the root cause of football’s pause from League One and below, it certainly sped up any discussion.
It’s easy to see what Celtic have tried to do with their video but few – not even their own supporters – are falling for it as the club stumbles from one PR disaster to the next.
We’ve spoken previously about Rangers being a more suitable Champion and few moments sum this up better than Lawwell’s defensive and dismissive message.
The thing is, it shows that even amid all the chaos Celtic have struggled to look inwards and it is this arrogance which is ensuring a mighty fall from grace.
Celtic are the ones most affected by this blind entitlement, as evidenced by the ridiculous situation they find themselves in with 13 players and three staff self-isolating.
It’s also this arrogance which will prevent Celtic catching up with a Rangers side who look light-years ahead of them both on and off the pitch.
It’s not just the arrogance of Celtic’s non-apology which has caught the eye of Rangers fans either, as the club’s support rail against one statement in particular made by the Celtic chief.