Nicola Sturgeon claims that Celtic will have questions to answer about their trip to Dubai. The First Minister suggests that some pictures she has seen of Celtic’s training camp show that the team does not comply with the criteria for social alienation.
After the timing of their outing was questioned, Celtic insisted on Monday that they had earned Scottish government permission for their mid-season tour, two days before Scotland was shut down because of already strict restrictions. Travel, even inside Scotland, is only allowed for “essential reasons” and the Scottish government asked the Scottish Football Association on Monday to investigate the matter. Sturgeon said at her press conference on Tuesday, “As I understand it, the Scottish government gave some advice to the Scottish Football Association (SFA) last November on the rules around elite training camps. The world around the pandemic has changed quite a bit since November. The hard work continues ⁰#CelticFC pic.twitter.com/y2Jn4vtcRQ- Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 5, 2021 ” What the rules are, we set. The rules are – and may have to change given the changing nature of the pandemic – that if that is necessary in the context of their preparation for competitions, elite athletes may go abroad for training camps. “The rules are – and they may have to change given the changing nature of the pandemic – that elite athletes can go abroad for training camps if that’s important in the context of their training for competitions. “are they overseas in a training camp? ‘Due to the change in conditions, it might not be acceptable in the future, but that’s not really the problem. I’ve also seen some pictures – and I can only focus on what I’ve seen, I don’t know all the circumstances – that in my view raise the question of whether all the laws that elite players have to comply with in their bubble are being followed in terms of social distancing. “Elite sport, and this is not just about Celtic or soccer, has been in a privileged position in many places in recent years and has been able to do things that the general public can’t do,” he said. “We all want our sports teams and people to be able to do well and train properly, but while that’s the case, it’s really important that they don’t abuse it, that they use it for the purpose it’s meant for,” he said. And that’s as accurate in that role for Celtic as it is for anyone else. “Day 2 of training in Dubai # CelticFC pic.twitter.com/5g1JCMOHqH- Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 5, 2021 On Monday evening, Celtic posted a series of tweets claiming that they had not violated the rules. The club said: “The training camp was planned some months ago and authorised by all relevant soccer authorities and @ss. The camp that we have been running for a number of years has been completely tested for risk. “The camp, which we have been running for a number of years, has been fully risk assessed. ” “Glasgow coach Kenny Murray (Lynne Cameron/PA)Meanwhile, Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Kenny Murray is preparing for cross-border games to resume after Friday’s Guinness PRO14 game against Edinburgh.Both Scottish clubs have to travel to France for the Heineken Champions Cup this month and host English opposition.Murray said: “As far as we are concerned, the next twelve will be after Edinburgh. And then there’s going to be a break for a couple of weeks, and then we’re going to play PRO14 again. It’s nice to be able to proceed. On Monday, the European Professional Club Rugby Federation held talks with the federations, more details is expected soon, but it was reported that no club intends not to play its games.