Former Celtic star Kris Commons has touched on a private meeting in which Brendan Rodgers warned players against leaking information to the press.
Current manager Neil Lennon was left furious after Saturday’s 2-0 home loss to Rangers after his starting XI was leaked before it was announced. This led to an angry response from the manager post-match in which he told the Scottish Sun: “It’s not great. Somebody within the club is doing us in, basically, and that’s disgusting. We’ll try to get to the bottom of it.
“I keep talking about a sense of privacy around our club and it just doesn’t seem to be the case with some people.”
It’s certainly been a hot topic of discussion since Lennon made the comments, with supporters not buying it as a deflection tactic. And speaking in his Daily Mail column today (print edition, 19/10, page 78), Commons opened up on how Rodgers dealt with the same situation.
“A mole in the camp may not have helped Celtic’s chances but it had nothing to do with them losing the match. Moles are nothing new. We had a team meeting under Rodgers when he warned us that if the team came out, we’d all have a serious problem.
“Whether this is the same culprit or someone different, it does suggest that someone who’s unhappy is deliberately being disruptive. It adds to the dark mood around Celtic right now.”
Part of a wider problem at the club
Having a mole at the club is bad news regardless of how well you’re doing, but it’s what it represents that’s really concerning for Celtic supporters.
Celtic simply wouldn’t have a mole if every player had total respect for the manager. Leaking team news or anything for that matter is a total slap in the face to your boss, and suggests that there is someone in particular who doesn’t respect the authority of Lennon
Celtic need to weed them out now and get rid. This isn’t an offence that should lead to a slap on the wrist. Whoever’s committing these acts should be tossed from the club immediately. This isn’t the season for nonsense like this.
Of course, it can’t be used as a deflection tactic. Lennon should follow what Rodgers did and hold a crunch talk with his players. It’s vital that he remains firm with them at the moment and shows proper leadership. Removing the culprit would be showing exactly that.
But when this mole is removed, it doesn’t end there. Lennon has to get to grips with why the mole felt compelled to leak information in the first place. What is it about his management that isn’t earning the respect of all of his players? Or god forbid, the backroom staff?
This is a whole saga that we just don’t need at the moment. Hopefully, it gets dealt with appropriately and we can get back to winning games ASAP.