THIRTEEN Celtic players were forced into self-isolation – because Christopher Jullien swapped seats twice on bus trips.

Government health officials ordered the stars plus three backroom staff – including Neil Lennon and No.2 John Kennedy – into quarantine after studying the club’s manifests for the coach journeys during the controversial trip to Dubai.

Gavin Strachan was brought in to take charge and he had to field two makeshift line-ups in the draws against Hibs and Livingston with the likes of Cameron Harper, Karamoko Dembele and Armstrong Oko-Flex getting a run-out.

According to a report in the Daily Record, the reason so many of the travelling party had to be sidelined was based upon a probe into six separate journeys on the team coach with the club providing details showing Jullien sitting in at least two different seats.

The French defender, who is likely to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury, tested positive for coronavirus on the squad’s returns from the United Arab Emirates. That prompted an urgent investigation from track and trace experts.

After examining those details, it was decided that 16 of the party would also have to stay at home for 10 days as per government guidelines.

A second unnamed player among those affected has subsequently tested positive for the virus and is back in quarantine.

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