Celtic manager Neil Lennon’s allegations of an anti-Celtic agenda by the Scottish government are “absolutely appalling,” says Deputy First Minister John Swinney

Lennon said politics, not public health, drove the decision for 16 Celtic players and staff to self-isolate after Christopher Jullien signed Covid

“I said a few weeks ago I thought it was a really bad idea that Celtic decided to go to Dubai for this trip I didn’t think it was a particularly good signal

“I have no malice at all towards Neil Lennon, but I think his comments on this were absolutely appalling”

To those comments before Wednesday’s game with Livingston, Lennon replied via Swinney: “That’s his opinion. This is the end”

Celtic was approved by the government and football authorities in November to make the January trip

The club’s executive director Peter Lawwell said last week that the club “deeply apologizes” to the fans and that the trip is “unequivocal a mistake “

Lennon, his assistant John Kennedy and 13 players have missed Celtic’s last two games – both ties – in quarantine

All were available for the trip to Livingston, with the exception of the nameless player who tested positive during isolation

French defender Jullien was on the trip to Dubai despite being out with a knee injury that is expected to rule him out until May

Scotland’s fastest growing sports club, the Glasgow Clan, become skeletons in the dark as they wait to come out of the freezer

Celtic, Livingston vs. Celtic

World News – GB – Lennon Agenda claims “appalling”

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/55730538