Celtic in Covid chaos as Neil Lennon and 13 players forced to self-isolate with Hibs game still going ahead

CELTIC face a Covid crisis after THIRTEEN players were forced to self-isolate following Christopher Jullien's positive case.

And boss Neil Lennon and assistant manager John Kennedy have also been told to stay at home.

It comes just days after the Hoops returned from their controversial trip to Dubai.

The Parkhead giants confirmed they plan to fulfill tonight's fixture against Hibs despite being without several key personnel. 

SunSport understands reserve coaches Tommy McIntyre and Stephen McManus will be helping Gavin Strachan in the dugout. 

A host of reserve players have also been called-up, with Karamoko Dembele, Armstrong Oko-Flex and Cameron Harper among them.

A club statement confirmed: "Celtic Football Club confirmed today that Christopher Jullien has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating at home. We wish Christopher a speedy recovery.

"While all of the other members of the squad and backroom team have tested negative, we have been informed by the authorities that, having been deemed ‘close contacts’, Celtic manager Neil Lennon, assistant John Kennedy and 13 first-team players will be required to self-isolate on a precautionary basis as required by the current regulations.

"The Club would like to thank the Scottish FA, JRG and the Scottish Government for their assistance in managing this case. Celtic will, of course, fulfil its fixture against Hibernian this evening.

"Clearly we are hugely disappointed, as we know our supporters will be.


"The contacts were identified during the period from Wednesday last week, primarily around flight and team coach travel, during which time Celtic applied the same rigorous protocols used for pre-season training camps, UEFA match travel and for all domestic match arrangements in Scotland.

"These protocols have served us well in the past, as the Club has not had one positive case in our own ‘bubble’ until now.

"As we have already stated, Celtic’s decision to travel to Dubai for a training camp was for performance reasons.

"Whilst we were in Dubai, the announcements made on January 4 significantly changed the COVID landscape.  

"The reality is that a case could well have occurred had the team remained in Scotland, as other cases have done in Scottish football and across UK sport in the past week.

"Celtic has done everything it can to ensure we have in place the very best procedures and protocols.

"From the outset of the pandemic, Celtic has worked closely with the Scottish Government and Scottish football and we will continue to do so."

The Scottish Government are expected to address the issue at lunchtime.

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