SEETHING Neil Lennon punched Nicola Sturgeon in a stunning speech defending Celtic’s Dubai trip debacle.
The Hoops boss criticized the Prime Minister for calling the sun training camp “R&R”.
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And he blasted the ‘hypocrisy’ of critics on Covid protocols with a nod to Scottish Euro 2020 heroes partying to Baccara, Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, and MP Margaret Ferrier who reportedly made a return train journey from Scotland to London while infected.
The tirade arose when he revealed that a second Hoops player had tested positive for coronavirus.
Lennon said, “I’m not going to fight the Prime Minister.
“But I’m going to take umbrage at her use of the term ‘R&R’, which she chose selectively in interviews – completely ignoring the hard work we intended to do and the intensive training.
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“And the insinuation that we abused our supposed privileges while we were there. It couldn’t be further from the truth.
“It’s not like we’re having a three in the morning conga in a dining room, or dancing to Baccarat in a locker room, or traveling the country with Covid on a train.
“The behavior of my players was exemplary. The way it was portrayed was a total distortion of the facts.
“Yet we return to this barrage of absolute hypocrisy.”
Lennon gave up in his first press conference since being forced into self-isolation with No2 John Kennedy and the 13 Hoops stars following defenseman Christopher Jullien’s positive test.
The boss under fire defended pictures showing him and skipper Scott Brown on lounge chairs by the pool next to pints of beer.
Another star of Hoops pictured gathered around a table with empty glasses nearby.
Lennon claimed his players were treated like “common criminals,” adding, “All of the people in the photos are negative. We may not be exactly two meters apart, but we are in our bubble.
We recounted how Ms. Sturgeon was “frustrated” with the getaway, saying, “The club described the trip as R&R.
Celtic general manager Peter Lawwell apologized last week.
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