Former First Minister Henry McLeish says the relationship between football and the authorities is on its knees as he slams the Celtic trip to Dubai.

Celtic have had to isolate 16 players and staff following a positive Covid-19 test within their ranks. It came on the same day football below the Championship and the Scottish Cup was suspended for three weeks.

McLeish has slammed the Celtic trip abroad.

McLeish has slammed the Celtic trip abroad. (Photo by Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images)

McLeish said: “The relationships with government are rock bottom. What have the lower leagues done to create this kind of crisis? Nobody was consulted. Chairmen of the clubs heard about this the same time it was going out to the press.

“Celtic should not have gone on the trip to Dubai. This sends all the wrong signals You cannot have rules for one and different rules for the other. “This was an ill-timed judgement that was not sending the right messages.

“In the midst of a pandemic this was not only a ridiculous decision, it was foolish and one that has proved to be dangerous in terms of people getting Covid and having to isolate. Scottish football has got to give a lead. They often argue that government should do this or do that, but at the end of the day Scottish football must show responsibility.

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Leadership needed from Hampden after the Celtic trip and lower league suspension on Monday afternoon. (Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images)

“The Scottish FA and the SPFL should be looking at this very very closely to send a powerful message that it shouldn’t happen again and to see what kind of sanctions can be imposed on Celtic.”

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