Former Celtic and Hibs midfielder Kris Commons says one of his former sides couldn’t be blamed if they decided not to contest this evening’s fixture at Celtic Park.
An already rocked fixture between Celtic and Hibs has been hit with fresh controversy. Firstly, the game was moved from Saturday to Monday in order for Neil Lennon’s side to fly to Dubai for a warm weather training camp.
Given the times we are living in, this was viewed as an ill-advised move. It has turned out to be that way, a positive Covid-19 test within the camp forcing 15 members of the first-team setup into self-isolation, including manager Lennon and assistant John Kennedy.
Hibs will face a weaker side as a consequence of this at Parkhead but Commons reckons the Hibees would be in the right for not kicking a ball: “If I was a Hibs player, I wouldn’t want to be going anywhere near Celtic Park tonight.
“Jack Ross and his players would be well within their rights to refuse to play. If the game does go ahead, what this has done ultimately is just heap massive pressure on Celtic when the training camp was intended for them to recharge, refresh and press the reset button.
“If they’ve worked as hard as what we’ve been told and got their fitness levels up, they should be flying around Parkhead like Usain Bolt tonight. The damage Celtic have caused is entirely self-inflicted – but it may yet have wider ramifications for the rest of the clubs and the rest of the season as a whole.”