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Rodgers has no time for Dembele’s childish games with Celtic’s Old Firm clash on the horizon

Rodgers has no time for Dembele’s childish games with Celtic’s Old Firm clash on the horizon

Celtic managed to do some decent business on deadline day with the additions of Youssouf Mulumbu and Filip Benkovic; however, the arrival of the pair have been overshadowed by the departure of Moussa Dembele.

The Frenchman joined Ligue 1 side Lyon in the closing hours of the transfer window in France, and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has since spoken of his disappointment with how things have ended with his former striker.

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“It’s understandable as a tactic and I’ve seen it before. It’s unfortunate that it has come to this. I have close relations with all the players,” Rodgers was quoted saying on the Daily Express following a social media post by Dembele, which was allegedly aimed at his former boss.

“At this stage, when people are trying to force through a move and trying to work it, there is a lot of anger there. Sometimes people say things and write things that they maybe didn’t necessarily mean.

“Of course, if you’re trying to engineer something, you can sometimes drop to that level in order to do it.”

If Dembele’s tweet really was a jab at Rodgers, it is a poor move on the 22-year-old’s behalf given how much faith the former Liverpool manager put in him.

With that in mind, Rodgers’ frustration is understandable. However, the Celtic boss cannot dwell on what has happened and must now move on with the first Old Firm derby of the season against rivals Rangers virtually here.

In Odsonne Edouard, Rodgers has another capable French forward whose development is coming along nicely and can help fire Celtic to another SPL title.

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