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Celtic seem intent on becoming the bad boys of Scottish football. Fans fighting with police last month. Rearranging fixtures late in the day. Now flying off in middle of an escalating pandemic, thus incurring some, mild, criticism from the Scottish government. It may be a thought through strategy to instill a "siege mentality" or it could simply be incompetence. It will be interesting to see how the reaction to their holiday abroad pans out. I expect there may be attempts to deflect criticism the way of the SPFL and their cheerleaders can then rally round that. Whatever, it's got the makings of a PR disaster for them.

 

Even more reason for us to keep on our steady march towards glory and give nobody any opportunity to move the narrative to any stumble on our part. Keep winning and let any chaos elsewhere take it's course (and quietly enjoy every moment).

 

 

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It s not the fact the club has travelled to Dubai for a jolly that is, ultimately, the important issue, although that does stick in the craw of many, and may be considered ill-advised.

Of significance is what happens when it gets there. I do not refer to young athletes with short attention spans having a rammy, they may behave impeccably, although, with some of their players, this may be a faint hope; how they adhere to Covid 19 protocols, instructions, requirements and guidelines, and how the club ensures compliance with these, are the salient points.

 

The relevant section of the SFA Guidelines is below.

 

From what is circulating on the internet, in pictures and videos, one might deduce comprehensive flouting.

 

PREPARATION WITH USE OF HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

Hotels should be utilised for essential use only. An appropriate member of team staff should contact the hotel management in advance of the team staying to verify necessary hygiene and safety measures will be in place.

Clubs should ensure that the supporting staff numbers are as low as possible and should exclude any of those in high risk groups (age, underlying health issues etc.).

Players and essential team staff to occupy single bedrooms.

Hotel exclusivity for the team or exclusive floor/areas to avoid contact with other hotel guests is advised.

If exclusivity is not possible, other guidelines may be possible which are as follows:

• Private entrance for the team

• Private hotel areas without other guests (hallways, dining rooms, meeting rooms)

• Private lift/elevator. (Limiting number in lift to one at one time)

• Ban on access for players and staff to the Wellness areas, gym and other common areas such as the bar, lounges or lobby. Alternatively, if hotel is exclusive to team, these areas should be closed

• Hand sanitisers in the hallways, in front of and in the common rooms, in the medical rooms and if possible, in every room 1symptoms of infection. It is important to minimise contact with the hotel staff during meal times by following the specific guidelines as follows:

• Well ventilated rooms, not too dry. 21o C, humidity 50 – 60% recommended

• No touching of hotel fixtures and fittings such as elevator buttons, banisters or door handles by hand. Consider using elbows where possible

• Take care when using portable electronic devices such as mobile phones/tablets/play stations etc. Do not use those belonging to other team/staff members

• Even within a team, physical contact within 2 metres should be avoided as much as possible and should be limited to the playing field

• Face masks for players and staff to be used during the stay, outside their own room, the dining room and the team bus

• Special disinfection and cleaning of the rooms and premises to be used by the team immediately prior to check-in. Ensure good ventilation within bedrooms and other rooms to be used

• No cleaning of the rooms while the team is in the hotel, no cleaning staff in the corridor when staying with sufficient towels and toiletries left in the room from he hotel staff or an accessible stock on the corridor, to avoid contact with the cleaning staff

• Porters are not to be used, players and staff responsible for handling their own and other team equipment

• Large dining and meeting rooms, in order to maintain current guidelines on physical distancing. Minimal number of hotel staff involved, team’s own support staff to provide services where possible For mealtimes:

• Provide enough food, drink and tableware for meals before the players arrive

• Food served in a made to order process by player/team staff and/or minimal number of hotel staff

• Tables to be cleared after the players have left the room, ensuring the lowest number of staff are present in the dining room during meals

Care should be taken to ensure that only staff considered essential for the game are with the team.

When the home team uses a hotel, consider which staff need to be present in hotel prior to all of the previous. https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/media/7439/scottish-fa-return-to-matches-protocol_spfl-premiership.pdf

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Even if what they're doing isn't in breach of any laws it still seems like a stupid risk to take. It would completely serve them right if they come back riddled and have to forfeit a match or two.

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Nobody guessed the reason for their trip?.

Nippy has indicated that the privilege of international travel might be removed if conditions flouted.

There fore the scums motive---get it removed so the "new club" can't travel to continue EUFA Cup ties.

 

The "new club" is to paraphrase their scum followers mentaility.

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