Grumblings in squad and mole in the camp - pundit offers update on Celtic leaks
Charlie Adam has argued that having their team news leaked ahead of Saturday’s Old Firm defeat at Parkhead was a “huge blow” for Celtic.
Rangers ran out 2-0 winners thanks to an unexpected brace from centre-back Connor Goldson in the first Glaswegian derby of the season, but the result was not without its controversy.
A number of predicted lineups for the Hoops began to circulate online prior to the match, including one that correctly stated that Patryk Klimala would lead the line and teenage
defender Stephen Walsh would start ahead of Christopher Jullien.
During his pre-match media duties on Friday, manager Neil Lennon made no mention of the Frenchman’s absence from his match day squad.
And former Ibrox midfielder Adam has claimed that the Bhoys boss has every right to be enraged by the incident.
Speaking on BBC Sportsound , he said: “Neil is frustrated, and also about the leak of the team as well.
“That’s a huge blow for them as a football club.
“I said on the show a couple of weeks ago, there’s grumblings going on about Celtic players want to leave, and this is not healthy, seeing your team coming out the day before
a game or on the internet early in the morning.
“There’s a mole in the camp. You don’t like to hear it and see it, especially as a player or as a manager because you’ve worked all week.”
Lennon made his feelings about the leak perfectly clear in his post-match comments on Saturday afternoon, vowing to deal with the incident and suggesting that whoever had
released the information was “doing us in”.
"It's very disappointing,” Lennon fumed after the Old Firm game. “I keep talking about a sense of privacy around our club but that doesn't seem to be the case for some people. That's very disappointing from my point of view.”
This is not the first time that a Celtic lineup has been leaked ahead of a big clash, with the most controversial example coming in the build-up to the Hoops’ 2-1 win over the Gers in March of last year.