Former Celtic Physio has explained why Christopher Jullien travelled to Dubai

Former Celtic physio Brian Scott, who served the club with distinction for many years, has intervened in the row over Celtic’s decision to take an injured player to the winter training camp in Dubai.

It’s a perfect example of Sod’s law that the injured player in question – defender Christopher Jullien – was also the one who would test positive for coronavirus and throw Celtic’s remaining flicker of a hope of retaining the title for a tenth successive year into disarray.

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And those wishing to put the boot into Celtic have been quick to point out that bringing an injured player – Jullien is facing three to four months on the sidelines after colliding with a goalpost at Celtic Park at the end of last month in the win over Dundee Utd – proves that the camp was about R&R and not elite training therefore Celtic were guilty of breaching the protocols.

And even many Celtic minded commentators have questioned the decision to take Jullien on the Dubai trip. Here’s Chris Sutton doing just that…

And the Bhoys at Celtic Are Here were also among those within our support questioning the decision…

So it’s well worth listening to what Brian Scott, who was the Celtic physio for over two decades working with every manager from Billy McNeill through to Martin O’Neill, has to say.

“I would imagine that the medical staff regarded it as a great opportunity to work on Jullien morning, noon and night, which they obviously couldn’t have done if he’d been left behind,” Scott stated as reported by Scottish Sun.

“We did the same thing with Morten Wieghorst. He came with us on a winter break to Florida when Martin was manager in 2001 when he was on crutches and it helped us get him back into action quicker than he would have done otherwise.

“Having that extra time to work with a player on their rehab can make a big difference and I imagine that what the club was thinking about when they took him.”

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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