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MetiNews.Com - Our columnist Annie Brown says Celtic's dump trip to Dubai jeopardises the sport, the performance of a team and, above all, public health.
Breaking News ! We would define “hard work” in a pandemic as a shift in a Covid ward or the Russian roulette of stacking shelves in a supermarket. Kicking a ball in the sun is not up there, contrary to Celtic captain Scott Brown’s defence of his team’s tactless training jolly to Dubai. He said: “People don’t see our training daily or see how hard we worked.” Not since Mandela broke rocks on Robben Island has there been such graft and sacrifice in the name of a greater cause. Poor Broony, slogging his guts out in the sweat shop of a luxury training camp and all for the slave wage of £23,000 a week, which a nurse earns in a year. Running in that sunshine will never be as sweaty as 12 hours in PPE treating patients fighting for breath. Brown should be grateful he can work at all, given the millions facing the dole right now. Flying “elite sportsmen” 3500 miles to train in the sun in a pandemic, at a cost of more than £200,000, was utterly crass. They now have one positive Covid-19 test for player Christopher Jullien and 16 people self-isolating. Read More Related Articles How to get the latest Scottish news stories sent straight to your inbox with our newsletters Read More Related Articles Weekly infection rates for your area as Scotland's lockdown enters second week The lack of remorse from Celtic feels more sickening. The poverty-stricken Irish immigrants in whose cause Celtic was founded must be spinning in their paupers’ graves at the sheer arrogance and entitlement. Brown was pictured poolside at his five-star Dubai hotel, dangerously close to a tourist couple, while he enjoyed a pint with gaffer Neil Lennon. Again, no humility from Brown as he sarcastically told critics: “Sometimes you’re allowed to sit on the sunbeds and have some downtime”. For those of us forbidden to sit on a bench in an icy park with a coffee, that went down like a lumpy half-time Bovril. John Kennedy, Lennon’s assistant, said that in terms of following Covid-19 protocols Celtic had slipped up on “minor things”, demonstrating the exceptionalism these rich, spoiled men feel. “Everyone is going to question everything – that’s the modern-day era,” said Brown, in a dig at his own fans who have raged on social media. The same ones who pay about £600 a year for a season ticket, to keep players in sports cars. The fans would criticise you to your face, Scott, but right now they can’t leave the bloody house. Last year, my friend had to watch Celtic on TV through the window of his parents’ house just so he could share the game with his elderly dad.
. “Everyone has a say in everything we do these days,” said Brown. Really? We hadn’t noticed as we are cooped up, following the rules and warding off insanity. This week I nearly wept at the delay of the new Peaky Blinders because right now watching a razor gang dole out kickings is light relief. As someone who fell asleep at an Old Firm game, nothing bores me like football but it means so much to fans right now. Dumb moves like this trip are jeopardising the sport, the performance of a team and, above all, public health. At a time when their fans need the distraction of following their team more than ever, they’ve scored a season’s worth of own goals at once. Curse of the anti-lockdown protester
Anti-locdown protesters in George Square
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Lockdown travelling and exercising laws in lockdown in Scotland
Anti-lockdown protesters gathered in Glasgow city centre at the weekend, left, despite record numbers of coronavirus deaths. In footage which has been circulated across social media, one gobby halfwit, who claims to be student nurse, is seen branding nurses “f***ing idiots”. She said that during a work placement at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital she “did not see one person die of Covid”. She ranted: “This lockdown needs to f*** off” – a catchy title for her dissertation on the global pandemic.
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Given that as a student nurse, she is unlikely to have been placed on a Covid ward, we’ll probably seek a second opinion. The death toll from Covid-19 globally among nurses has long surpassed that of World War I. Less than a month ago, Glasgow Royal Infirmary nurse and mother Ana Lisa Sayson died after contracting coronavirus. The anti-lockdown protests are an insult to the many nurses who, like her, died on the frontline of this pandemic. “I’m ashamed that I am a student nurse right now,” the woman shouted. Not as ashamed as we are, Nurse Ratched. Hopefully that’s her career in nursing now at an end, with a future in oratory just around the corner.
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