John Barnes claims that the decision of Celtic to move to Dubai for their annual winter training camp was the correct one, as it helped the players to concentrate on restoring the lack of unity in the squad.
In the Premier League, the Hoops are a whopping 19 points behind rivals Rangers and the trip to the United Arab Emirates was seen as an unnecessary trip in some quarters, especially in the midst of a global pandemic.
However, Barnes sees things differently. This season, the former Celtic manager has found disharmony in the ranks and thinks a visit to a training camp away from the noise of Glasgow and the rest of Scotland might be just what Neil Lennon and his soldiers need to get back on track.
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“At the end of the day, they had permission to go to Dubai,” Barnes said. But it’s likely that people will make their opinions known after last weekend’s loss to Rangers. But I don’t think the trip to Dubai has any impact on whether or not they lost to Rangers or whether or not they would win the league.
Instead, going away as a team might be a good idea – particularly when you’re under a lot of pressure – as it helps you to concentrate on team spirit and stay together as a team, away from all and everything.
“Of course, if they broke a protocol, then they will pay for it. But [Celtic] argues that everything was approved and that they didn’t break any protocol. So until we know more, I don’t see that being a problem.”
One player who has come under strong fire this season is Shane Duffy, who, for family reasons, left Celtic’s training camp in Dubai this morning.
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The form of the Brighton on-loan defender has dipped and he’s been in Lennon’s eleven over and over again. Barnes thinks there is still a first-class player in him and encourages the Irishman until his loan deal expires in the summer to highlight his talent in a Hoops jersey.
This season, Duffy has already played for the club 20 times, most recently only from the bench. And contrary to the view of most of the Celtic fan base, Barnes maintains that during the tough times, Duffy was a WELL player. He and the rest of the players are only victims of tough circumstances.
[Shane] played in a team in England that was at the bottom and almost relegated,”[Shane] played in England in a team that was at the bottom and almost relegated,” As a celebrity, he didn’t go to Scotland and play for one of the top teams. He’s a really good player in Scotland who can perform well, but I don’t think they were expecting Shane Duffy to win games.
“Duffy isn’t the problem, the problem is they haven’t scored enough goals. I think he’s a decent player who plays well, but at Celtic, the harmony isn’t especially right and I’m not sure any player is going to play particularly well at the moment. But looking at Duffy and thinking he’s a loser is not right, because he’s not. Currently, he’s possibly one of the players who played this season well.
In order to replace the injured Christopher Jullien, Lennon has already suggested that the club will be on the lookout for a defender this month. But Barnes maintains it may be hard to get a decent offer in a challenging window.
For me, January is not a good time to sign players because there would not be the best players available,” he said. “But I think fresh blood will hopefully put back some much-needed confidence in the position Celtic are in, and it will also show the fans that they have the passion and desire to do whatever they can to get 10 in a row.
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