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Frustrating Times Continue for the Celtic Support as the Board remain GAGGED 

13 January 2021

It’s all very quiet around Celtic Park, nothing to report on the club’s website or via the Twitter account. Fans are looking for some kind of feedback but the fans have been left scratching their heads as the season continues to unravel like a poorly scripted disaster movie.

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Under normal circumstances we should all be basking in the glory of a quadruple treble but instead we are waiting for any scrap of information about the future path the club we have bankrolled is about to take from official sources at the club. Failure to engage with the fans only leads to more rumors, half-truths and bullshit on all media platforms.

No news on transfers, still no update on when the players who are self-isolating are set to return to training, No news on the January review. The media and PR departments at Celtic Park must still be on their Christmas Holidays leaving SLO, John Paul Taylor to answer fans concerns and questions while he is also kept in the dark by his employers.

Over the other side of the city they’re laughing all the way to the title. Even Stevie G would admit that he was praying for a point at Ibrox during Celtic’s dominate performance until Nir Bitton was sent off and they managed to steal all three points leaving Celtic a mountain to climb to catch them, that lead has since been extended after another defensive blunder on Monday night.

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Whoever thought going to Dubai during a pandemic was a good idea? Who will carry the can for the fall out and PR disaster that has followed. I have no problem with Neil Lennon, Scott Brown or anyone else having a beer and think the reaction to the photograph taken by an opportunist was way over the top.

The facts are the players and backroom staff were working at the request of the club who employ them and are entitled to have some downtime before and after training and playing. The trip was also given the go ahead by both the Scottish Government and those in charge of Scottish Football.

In no way does the trip fall into essential travel, so yet another own goal conceded and then the cost of the trip has been questioned, which is fair enough in a season when the Kano Foundation Charity has had to pay for season books that the Kano Kids will never use and at a time when football clubs must be hemorrhaging money without the revenue that fans bring on match days.

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Dubai is open for business and players have as much risk of picking up the virus in Scotland as in the Middle East and the trip was booked before tighter restrictions in Scotland kicked in. These are the facts and no one could argue with these facts when John Kennedy faced the media on the return from the sunshine training break to defend the club and the facts. Little did he know what was to follow or the frustration and the fall out it would cause for us the fans.

When the news filtered through that Christopher Jullien had tested positive, there was no defense left or support for the trip no matter what the players may or may not have got out of the training sessions. Jullien was injured and should not have been on the trip. Many fans believed that the league was gone after Ibrox but it now looks dead and buried now after 13 first team players went into self-isolation after being deemed to be in close contact with the defender.

Credit is due to the young players who came in against Hibs alongside a handful of first team players. After a shaky start they grew into the game but it took a wonderful free kick goal from David Turnbull who has been a shining light during some dark times but even that touch of magic couldn’t save us from another defensive collapse and more points dropped.

Frustrating Times Continue for the Celtic Support as board remain GAGGED.

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Andrew Milne started More than 90 Minutes in 2001. He has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic.  He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Malone’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.

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