Celtic head coach Neil Lennon has blasted “certain quotas of the media” and “government officials” for their portrayal of Celtic’s recent Dubai training camp in today’s press conference ahead of the Livingston game on Saturday.
The conference was called following the announcement that another one of the thirteen players who were self-isolating after the trip has returned a positive test.
Lennon has again, however, defended his team’s right to go on the training camp.
He said: “The whole squad is negative, bar two players, I think that’s remarkable.
“I think it’s been totally blown out of the water, the way that the trip (the training camp) has been portrayed by certain quotas of the media, certain pundits and by certain government officials as well.
“We did not abuse any privilege, we did the right things, we were absolutely, totally professional. We had a little drink on our day off, it was completely allowed with no rule breaking.
“Yet we were met with this absolute barrage of hypocrisy.”
The comments come after Peter Lawell recorded a video addressed to fans apologising for the actions of the club surrounding the notorious Dubai trip.
The Celtic Chief Executive said: “In reflection, looking back, looking with hindsight, and looking at the outcome of the trip, clearly it was a mistake, and for that, I profoundly apologise to our supporters.
“The rationale for the camp was very much the best intentions. Things haven’t gone the way we wanted to and the outcome is clearly very regrettable.”
Celtic play Livingston in a crucial away match on Wednesday night at the Tony Macaroni Arena, which can be viewed on Sky Sports.