Whelan disgusted with Elyounoussi
It was a night to forget for Neil Lennon’s side at Parkhead, as Lukas Julis scored a hat-trick for the Czech side to leave the Hoops with just one point from their first three European games (via BBC Sport).
Leigh Griffiths came off the bench to score what was a mere consolation, with former Celtic striker Chris Sutton describing the team’s showing as “one of the most gutless performances” he has ever seen.
Elyounoussi, the man who made way for Griffiths on the hour mark, was spotted on his mobile phone while the game was going on. Quoted by the Daily Mail, Lennon was not aware of the event taking place and stated that he would personally “deal with” the situation.
Speaking with Football Insider, Whelan went one step further and believes that he should be dismissed by the club.
“He doesn’t care. That is what I think,” he said. “It’s disgusting, it’s something that should never happen. Why is he got his phone there in the first place? It’s disrespectful to the team that are already out there and your teammates, the manager, the club.
“I mean, if you could sack a player, you’d sack a player for doing that. I mean, there’s no reason why you’d have a phone with you. I mean, to have that way of thinking, it baffles me. It baffles me.
“It’s so wrong that it shouldn’t be just two weeks wages. If you can fine them more, I think you should. Yeah, I mean that to me shows lack of respect all over that football club by that one player, it’s disgusting.”
Transfer Tavern take
It is not a good look to see a player losing focus in the manner that Elyounoussi did, particularly during a game that was so deeply frustrating to the Celtic Park faithful.
However, while Whelan’s frustrations are understandable, maybe it is a bit of a stretch to call for the winger’s sacking.
A more lenient disciplinary action from Lennon would be much more appropriate. While Whelan dismissed the idea, a fine of two weeks wages could be enough to ensure him that he wouldn’t do it again.
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