Rangers fans have reacted after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon questioned the Celtic squad’s conduct during their ongoing stay in Dubai [STV News].

The Hoops jetted off to the UAE after losing 1-0 to the Gers at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.

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Callum McGregor’s own goal handed Rangers the win. (Photo by Craig Williamson/SNS Group via Getty Images)

A second Old Firm triumph of the season for Steven Gerrard’s men ensured they stretched their lead at the top of the Premiership table to 19 points.

Yet, the Celtic players didn’t appear to be taking the defeat too badly, with images soon emerging of players and staff relaxing poolside and in a bar.

The images were met with disbelief across Scottish football, particularly given the fines handed out to other clubs for breaches such as car-sharing earlier in the campaign, and prompted something of a meltdown from Celtic fans.

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Rangers fans have reacted after Nicola Sturgeon waded into the Celtic in Dubai debate. (Photo by Fraser Bremner-Pool/WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Celtic and senior player Callum McGregor have since defended the decision to travel [Daily Record] but Sturgeon thinks there are questions to be answered regarding the conduct of the squad.

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“What is the purpose of them being there?” she asked [STV News]. “I’ve seen a comment from the club that said it’s more for R&R than it is for training.”

“I’ve also seen some photographs – I can only comment on what I’ve seen and I don’t know the full circumstances – that would raise a question in my mind about whether all the rules of what elite players have to do within their bubbles around social distancing are being complied with. So I think there are things there that should be looked into.

“Elite sport has been in a privileged position over the last year doing things that the general public can’t do… it’s really important they don’t abuse it, that they use for the purposes intended and that applies to Celtic as it would to anyone else in that position.”

Rangers fans raised questions about Celtic’s trip over the weekend and now that Sturgeon has spoken out, many want action to be taken.

Here’s a selection of reactions from Twitter:

 

Meanwhile, a former Rangers player looks set to return to the Premiership and could turn out against the Gers in a key upcoming game

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