Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons has accused Moussa Dembele of disrespecting his team-mates during the goalless Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers on Saturday.
The Bhoys player didn’t sit on the bench with his manager and team-mates after he was substituted in the second-half, heading instead for a shower.
Commons, who won multiple trophies in his time at Celtic Park, said that wouldn’t go down well with the players who were on the pitch at the time while also claiming that Dembele wants to quit the Glasgow giants.
“Look, if Celtic were winning 4-0, you could imagine the coaches saying: ‘Listen, Moussa, you’ve done your job mate. Brilliant. Go grab a shower and come back out'”, said Commons, as quoted in his column in the Daily Mail.
“But other players in that Celtic dressing room are right to say: ‘We’re playing and trying to win a game here. And you’re in there having a shower, getting changed…'”
“Perhaps his head is away and he wants to leave. That really struck me — that probably his time is up. I think there will be little rumbles in the changing room, because it was very, very strange that he did it.”
Dembele played for just over an hour in the game before being replaced by Leigh Griffiths.
The 21-year-old couldn’t get into the game, perhaps indicative of a season which has failed to hit the lofty heights of last season.
The French under-21 international was a huge success in his first season in Glasgow, scoring 32 goals as the Hoops won their first domestic treble since 2001.
This season hasn’t been the same due to injuries and Brendan Rodgers rotating his squad, but Dembele has still contributed nine goals, including one against PSG in the Champions League group stages.
The rumours surrounding Dembele’s future won’t go away, with the Scottish Sun reporting that Brighton are set to bid £20million for the player this week, with Stoke also credited with an interest in the player.
In other Celtic news, Chris Sutton has slammed Brendan Rodgers for rotating his strikers too often