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Neil Lennon hits back at 'barrage of hypocrisy' faced by Celtic after Dubai trip

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

CELTIC manager Neil Lennon last night hit back at the "barrage of absolute hypocrisy" the club has faced following its controversial trip to Dubai.

It came as the Lurgan man confirmed another Celtic player had tested positive for coronavirus.

Lennon, assistant John Kennedy and 13 players had to self-isolate after Christopher Jullien tested positive for the virus on the squad's return from a training camp in the United Arab Emirates earlier this month.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell later admitted the trip was "a mistake" and apologised to Hoops fans.

But yesterday Lennon criticised the "attacks on the club" as he revealed another player had tested positive for Covid-19.

"Everyone is negative bar two players," he said.

"I think that is remarkable and blows out the water the way the trip has been portrayed in certain quarters of the media, by certain pundits and by certain government officials as well.

"We didn't abuse any 'privilege', we did the right things, we were totally professional.

"We had a little drink in the afternoon on the day off, completely allowed, no law breaking.

"But we come back to this barrage of absolute hypocrisy."

Lennon also claimed "protocols at different clubs are inconsistent".

"As soon as Celtic are deemed to do something wrong, bang, you're all wanting blood, it's absolutely scandalous. The fallout from this has been way too much," he said.

"Aston Villa have shut down. Raith Rovers. They haven't travelled anywhere.

"We could easily have stayed here and had an outbreak, but because our protocols are so good, we've been able to quell that."

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