Celtic were the punchline once again as a former Ricky Gervais co-star sent isolating players his best wishes

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As the farce that is their Dubai trip continues to generate controversy, Celtic have been given some well wishes from an unlikely source.

Neil Lennon’s side have been on the receiving end of incessant criticism over events both on and off the pitch, and after returning from Dubai it was confirmed that defender Christopher Jullien had tested positive for Covid-19.

That led to 13 players being required to self-isolate, as well as manager Lennon and his assistant John Kennedy.

In a video shared by a Rangers fan on Wednesday night, former Eastenders and Extras star Shaun Williamson sent a touching message of support to Lennon and club captain Scott Brown.

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He even took the time to ensure they knew who had requested the message by confirming it came from Ibrox.

In the video shared by @C__J__S on Twitter, Williamson said: “Hello Neil, Broony and the boys, it’s Shaun Williamson here.

“Barry from Eastenders, Barry from Ricky Gervais’ Extras and Barry from anything anyone’s willing to pay me to be Barry in basically.

“Now lads I hope you’re well. I hope you’re okay and staying safe and isolation isn’t too bad for you. I know things can get a bit grim. I think it’s the weather really, isn’t it.

“We’re going to get through this, and soon we’ll be back to the way we were.”

Williamson went on to make some jokes before treating the Celtic pair to a rendition of Labi Siffre’s ‘Something Inside so Strong’, a song associated with Lennon’s first spell in charge of Celtic and recently co-opted by Rangers fans.

The actor signed off by saying: “This is from all your friends over at Edmiston Drive. They’ll see you in May.

“Stay safe, cheers.”

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