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Celtic's Dubai jolly puts SPFL under Rangers' pre-season microscope

As Celtic’s jolly to Dubai makes the front and back pages, Rangers fans are watching on amazement as even the Scottish Government address the irresponsibility of their actions.

Celtic are 19 points behind in the Scottish Premiership title race, they had to move a fixture to undertake the training camp and most importantly, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has guided his side 19 points clear in the Scottish Premiership with Celtic escaping the country to collect themselves as a result. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As Scotland prepares to enter lockdown pictures have emerged on social media of the Parkhead club sharing a drink by the pool in Dubai.

It’s a PR disaster on the part of Celtic who look spoiled and privileged in taking the trip whilst their season ticket holders watch the football on the park through the cracks in their fingers.

But whilst an opportunistic Celtic of course need to shoulder some of the blame and take plenty of the flak, the powers that be also need to come under the microscope.

The SPFL angered Hibs when they moved this weekend’s fixture with Celtic to the Monday evening to allow for the trip.

Outgoing Easter Road chief executive Leann Dempster described the club as “fizzing” with the SPFL’s tame response evidence that they engineered this for Celtic to get their wishes.

The reality is that Celtic probably would’ve got their wish in the end but in failing to tell Hibs the SPFL took a shortcut to the final outcome without the proper due diligence.

For a member’s body which is supposed to represent every club equally, this is unbecoming behaviour which reeks of favouritism.

This is the same SPFL who awarded points to Motherwell and Hamilton and took them from St. Mirren and Kilmarnock because the sides couldn’t fulfil fixtures due to Covid-19 reasons.

The SPFL will come under the microscope for moving heaven and hell for Celtic as they toil in the title race. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Whilst these have been retracted on appeal awaiting the outcome of a tribunal, Celtic have three games in hand to play this season, with the Aberdeen one in particular impacted by Covid issues.

Far from dock Celtic the points in the fixture, the SPFL have granted the team powers to move a fixture behind the back of the opponent on a week where one of their games in hand could’ve been played.

All of this after Rangers and a third of the 42 members of the organisation put forward a vote of no confidence in the SPFL in the summer [BBC Sport].

Any neutral observer looking at this would surely come to the conclusion that the SPFL are responding to and treating Celtic differently.

Rangers demanded the suspension of SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster in the wake of the season-ending vote – which infamously seen Dundee change their votes at the last minute in suspicious circumstances – and an independent investigation into the governing body [BBC Sport]. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

As a result, they’re just as culpable as the Parkhead club for this ridiculous lockdown breaking trip to the Middle East, but it also highlights the fact that Rangers had a point when they called on the member clubs to hold the powers that be to account.

Not that Rangers fans haven’t been enjoying the fall-out of the situation at Parkhead – here’s how the Gers fans reacted to the spat between Celtic and the Scottish Government.

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