Uk news Stephen Welsh takes us inside Celtic Park panic after Dubai Covid crisis MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Hoops youngster was thrust in to the side at short notice after several stars were ordered to quarantine in wake of winter trip
Breaking News ! Stephen Welsh admits the covid crisis caused panic at Parkhead as Hoops chiefs scrambled to find out who was being marched in to isolation. The defender was thrust into the Celtic side for Monday night’s 1-1 draw with Hibs after 13 of his teammates were sent in to quarantine along with boss Neil Lennon in the wake of Christopher Jullien catching coronavirus on the disastrous Dubai trip. Celts have been slaughtered for risking a jaunt to the Middle East amid the pandemic and paid the full price with a full team being flagged up by NHS contact tracers. Coach Gavin Strachan took the makeshift side as they were caught out by a late Kevin Nisbet sucker punch by Hibs after David Turnbull looked to have earned the club some respite with a sensational late free-kick. But the Hoops are still 21 points behind Rangers – with three games in hand – and the heads are still spinning following the covid chaos. Read More Related Articles Charlie Nicholas eviscerates 'snoozing' Celtic as raging pundit makes piercing Dermot Desmond claim Welsh said: “It all happened very quick. “Everything was normal on Sunday, but then we found out about the positive case and everything happened really quickly. “Once you find out you’re playing nothing else really matters. “Probably for everyone there was a bit of panic because anyone can get it these days. “So, you’re just hoping you don’t get the phone call that tells you that you’re a positive. “I was happy I wasn’t one of the guys involved so I could go and play. You never think it’s going to be you. So when it happens it is a bit of a shock. “When the team comes together you need to get on with it. I thought we did that pretty well.” The stand-ins came close to a morale boosting win despite the likes of Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie, Scott Brown, Leigh Griffiths and Kris Ajer all left in the house – along with Lennon and No.2 John Kennedy. But Welsh admitted it was a sore one conceding in stoppage time. He said: “The boys who were out are the big players for the team. The team was thrown together within 24 to 48 hours, so I think the spirit was really good. “I thought we were really good, but it’s always disappointing not winning, especially when you are 1-0 up. “We scored a late goal, an unbelievable free-kick. But we couldn’t hang on at the end. “I think it was probably the experience of the younger boys coming on, me included, of trying to see out games and trying to win games.
. “So we’re really disappointed we didn’t win the game.” Celtic are coming under heavy flak for the Dubai trip, with the likes of former Celt Andy Walker branding the jaunt a jolly and slamming the club as "arrogant" for going in the first place amid a surging pandemic. It’s a tough one for youngster Welsh to take on but the 20-year-old defender did his best to toe the Parkhead party line. He said: “I thought the Dubai trip was a hard-working trip, the training was excellent, four days of really tough training. “The past two years it’s worked perfectly, we’ve kicked on from January the past few years.
“The training in Dubai, I thought, was excellent. “We got to work on a lot of things. “We’ve come back and we’ve had all the bad news about Chris and everyone hopes he recovers well, that it’s not too serious for him. “We have our own bubble. This is the first time since June, July, when we started testing, that someone’s picked up a positive case within the club. “So, I think we’re going to follow all the protocols from now on until the end of the season.” In the meantime Welsh revealed Celtic will be doing online learning like the rest of Scotland with their gaffer in quarantine.
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Strachan will take charge again this weekend against Livingston, alongside youth coaches Tommy McIntrye and Stephen McManus, but Lennon will still be in contact. Welsh said: “It was more of a Zoom call the other night and giving the normal message. “Gavin did a lot, Tommy and Mick came in and they were excellent with us too. “So we’ve got another three days to prepare for Livingston. Those three will take us again. “We’re just looking at Saturday. We’re disappointed we’ve dropped points against Hibs and now we’re just looking at the Livingston game. “We shouldn’t really look at anyone else.” All we can do now is win as many games in a row. “The pressure’s always on here to get wins. Every single game you have to win and if you don’t win you get criticised, fair enough.”
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