Celtic manager Neil Lennon was left absolutely fuming that his team to face Rangers was leaked before the official announcement.
Lennon’s eleven was all over social media in the 24 hours preceding the fixture, with the Scottish media widely reporting it on Saturday morning.
It’s unknown whether Steven Gerrard and his coaching team were aware, or cared, about the news, but it’s not an ideal situation.
Prior to the game, the manager was fizzing live on BBC Radio Scotland (17/10, 12:20), telling reporter Liam McLeod: “You have no idea [how annoyed I was], Liam, you have no idea. But I don’t want to comment on it right now. We’ll deal with that as we go along.”
After the defeat, Lennon would again return to the issue, expanding on his comments and venting his fury even further.
As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “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.
“Of course it does [make my job more difficult]. I keep talking about a sense of privacy around our club, and it just doesn’t seem to be the case with some people.”
How much does this actually matter?
I may be in the minority here, but I wasn’t coming out of yesterday’s game annoyed that the manager’s team was made public in advance of the fixture.
On a list of things I’m frustrated about with regards to Celtic this weekend, it’s nowhere near the top.
I’m more worried about Lennon’s team playing with no identity, to the extent we didn’t register a single shot on target against our biggest rivals in one of our biggest games of the season.
The manager may be using a deflection tactic here, but it isn’t washing with me. The supporters deserve more honesty about what’s going wrong inside that dressing room.
Lennon’s team leak issue may be a symptom of a wider problem, but there are surely more pressing issues for him to deal with.
Celtic team selections were leaking throughout the Brendan Rodgers era and well into Lennon’s return, it didn’t exactly hinder our trophy chances back then and it shouldn’t now.