BRENDAN RODGERS has admitted he would be “disappointed” if tweets posted by Moussa Dembele were aimed at him.
Clearly, there was tension at Lennoxtown this morning when Moussa Dembele turned up before leaving the training ground 15 minutes later.
The French striker, who didn’t play in last night’s 3-1 win over FK Suduva after his controversial on/off £20million move to Lyon, posted two tweets yesterday from his verified account.
They contained messages which read: “A man, without his word, is nothing. A real man keeps his word” and “A lie has many variations, the truth has none”.
The Celtic boss said he would be “disappointed” if the posts were aimed at him, adding: “The plan was that Moussa signed for four years.
“I felt at the time we signed him that if he was playing to the level and was improving, there would be opportunities for him.
“It’s been a delicate situation this week because going back home to France, playing in the Champions League again, has probably appealed to him.
“There’s a way these things happen. We all would love it to go to plan all the time, but if it doesn’t, we have to continue to work. It’s part of the game nowadays.”
The Hoops gaffer added it is “highly unlikely” the 22-year-old hitman, who joined the club in the summer of 2016, will play in Sunday’s Glasgow derby against Steven Gerrard’s team at Parkhead.
The Irishman added: “Moussa was in today with the squad, but nothing further. It’s very important that I protect the environment, as well. We have to have everyone working.
“He was best to be inside this morning. I just wanted to have a chat with him and it was best for him to go inside and let the others work.”