Stephen Welsh reveals the Hoops’ fear regarding Christopher Jullien’s positive Covid-19 test.
got infected during his club’s Dubai winter training camp which shocked his team-mates.
Among the people forced to self-isolate are Neil Lennon, John Kennedy, and 13 other players who were in contact with the Celtic youngster.
Welsh, who escaped the quarantine, featured on Monday’s drawn clash againstHibernian
Regarding Jullien’s situation, he added: “
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 against Hibs.
“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.
“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.”
He continued: “
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.”
Whatever reason was behind Celtic finding the need to go to Dubai, it misfired especially from a PR perspective and on the pitch. The 1-1 clash against Hibernian Celtic 21 points adrift of Rangers and Welsh said: “
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.
“That’s what the club’s all about, winning games. So we’re really disappointed we didn’t win the game.
“The boys who were out are the big players for the team. The team was thrown together within 24-48 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.”