Andy Walker fires into Celtic board after Dubai disaster

Celtic legend, Andy Walker mocks Dubai trip and blames hierarchy as gap to Rangers is extended in historic season.

Since starting this historic 10 in a row season in August, Celtic has been poor on and off the pitch.

Now at the halfway mark of the season, the Celtic faithful are calling for a whole rebuild from top to bottom.

Celtic are 21 points behind their city rivals Rangers in the title race, out of Europe after a fourth place finish and were also put out of the league cup in a shock home defeat against Ross County.

Fans continue to voice their opinion this year through banners and protests outside Celtic Park.

The boiling point for many fans came after Celtic lost their second old firm encounter of the season and jetted off to Dubai hours after.

Many have labelled the trip as a PR disaster after many leaked images of the squad not wearing masks, not socially distancing and enjoying pints at a supposed training camp.

Celtic came out and defended the trip to Dubai and have since said they have “no regrets”.

On Monday morning, it was revealed that central defender, Christopher Julien tested positive for Covid-19.

This left majority of fans baffled as why an injured player who was looking at three months out on the side-lines would travel with the rest of the squad during these unprecedented times.

Since the positive test was announced it was revealed that a further 13 players and three staff members would have to self-isolate.

This included manager Neil Lennon, assistant John Kennedy and many key players such as Odsonne Edouard, Scott Brown and Kris Ajer to name a few.

“That was only brought in for international or elite competition, not for a jolly in Dubai.”

This left Celtic’s squad depleted for an important game on Monday night against Hibernian. 

The Edinburgh side had fears initially of playing the current champions after their break away but were told by SPFL officials they face sanctions if they did not agree to the match.

The game went ahead and  during the pre-game build up on Sky Sports, former hoop’s striker Andy Walker voiced his opinion.

“I’m guessing this trip Celtic went on to Dubai cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. They chartered their own aircraft, they stayed for five nights in five-star accommodation for, I don’t know, 20, 30 people?

“It’s extraordinary. And we’re also seeing some dismal governance from this club (Celtic). It is unbelievably arrogant to abuse your status as an elite sportsman.

“That was only brought in for international or elite competition, not for a jolly in Dubai.

“What the Celtic supporters deserve is a bit of contrition from someone, anyone, with a bit of backbone at this club. Preferably Dermot Desmond because he’s the one that makes the big changes, he’s the one who could knock some heads together here.”

Walker hasn’t been a fan favourite with Celtic fans recently, but some took to social media to agree with the former strikers’ thoughts.

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Respected journalist, Ewan Murray tweeted: “Fair play to Andy Walker. In just two minutes absolutely nailed Scottish football and Celtic’s governance issues.”

One fan said “I’ve just agreed with Andy Walker. Mental times.”

After all of the pre-match controversies, Celtic dropped more points when they conceded an injury time equaliser to Hibs, adding more fuel to the fire for Celtic fans.

This historic season is slowly but surely turning into a horrific one.

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