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Celtic draws with Hibernian after 13 players forced to self-isolate

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A late equalizer saw Scottish champion Celtic draw 1-1 against Hibernian after one of its players tested positive for Covid-19 and 15 other members of playing and coaching staff were required to self-isolate.

(CNN)A late equalizer saw Scottish champion Celtic draw 1-1 against Hibernian after one of its players tested positive for Covid-19 and 15 other members of playing and coaching staff were required to self-isolate.

It meant Celtic was without manager Neil Lennon, assistant John Kennedy and 13 first-team players for Monday's game following defender Christopher Jullien's positive test days after the club returned from a winter training camp in Dubai.

The draw and Jullien's positive test came after criticism of the club's trip to Dubai earlier this month with Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon saying during her coronavirus briefing on Monday that she was "disappointed and frustrated" with the situation.

"As I have said before, I do have doubts, based on how the club itself described it, doubts about whether Celtic's trip to Dubai was really essential," Sturgeon said, adding that "everyone, including football, should be erring on the side of caution. "

The club had asked for an additional round of "on the day" testing of Celtic players to take place, but the request was refused.

In a statement on Monday, Celtic said 15 team members were required to self-isolate having been deemed "close contacts" with Jullien, while also defending the trip to Dubai.

"The contacts were identified during the period from Wednesday last week, primarily around flight and team coach travel, during which time Celtic applied the same rigorous protocols used for pre-season training camps, UEFA match travel and for all domestic match arrangements in Scotland," said the statement.

"As we have already stated, Celtic's decision to travel to Dubai for a training camp was for performance reasons . . .

On January 4, Celtic said the training camp was approved by all relevant football and government authorities and that it had been "fully risk assessed. "

"Since January 3, more than 50 people have tested positive for Covid in Scotland after returning from Dubai," Sturgeon said during her briefing.

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