The Moussa Dembele saga at Celtic is ratcheting up as we approach the end of August.
A move to Brighton for the Frenchman was announced in December of last year, and though the deal didn’t materialise, Dembele’s future with the Scottish champions came into doubt.
A move to Lyon has been mooted in this window, but with this deal blocked also, the 22-year-old didn’t take part in Celtic’s win over Suduva in the Europa League play-off last night.
He instead spent his night on social media aiming a series of thinly veiled jabs at manager Brendan Rodgers.
— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) August 30, 2018
Don't get it wrong Bhoys and Ghirls nothing to do with people who really care about the club @CelticFC ?too much love and respect for you and the crest #CarefulWhoYouCallTheLeaderOfYours pic.twitter.com/3FR1YoJLHr
— Moussa Dembélé (@MDembele_10) August 31, 2018
This disruptive influence proved the final straw for Rodgers, who sent his player away from today’s training session in order to ‘protect the best interests of the club’.
“It is very important that I protect the environment as well”, Rodgers told the media.
“It was best for him to go inside and let the others work. My job is to protect the best interests of the club, the players that are here. The money is in their bank every month, so you have to work, there is no getting away from it.”
He also shared his thoughts on the social media comments, stating that he hadn’t made any promises to the player.
“I would be disappointed if it was [aimed] at myself considering taking in him a couple of years ago from where he was at, developing him and giving him the opportunity and always being very clear and direct.
“There has never been any promises but there has always been a plan. We would love it to go to plan all the time but if it doesn’t we have to continue to work. At this time of the season there is always a narrative around players and agents and maybe trying to force moves. So it is disappointing. I had seen some of the comments within that.”