Celtic Park and Lennoxtown will be tense places to work today, after notes on recruitment and player sale considerations, dating from April, were photographed and distributed online. Information like this is incredibly sensitive, will expose player recruitment to competitive pressures and can undermine confidence in the current squad. If the leak is identified and found to be an act of carelessness, or worse, someone is likely to lose their job.
I get that information on Celtic’s recruitment plans are of interest to all of us. It is also true that exchanging valuable information confers authority on the source. But this is commercially sensitive information, which once public, undermines Celtic’s attempt to strengthen the team. It is inexplicable that it was left unattended, leaked or publicised by anyone with Celtic’s interests at heart.
The scale of the potential damage of this is significant, not only for those involved.