BBC Sportsound pundit Tam McManus has torn into Celtic for their decision to sign Charly Musonda on loan from Chelsea in the January transfer window.
Musonda, 21, is just two months into an 18-month loan spell at Parkhead, but Brendan Rodgers has decided against playing him in each of the Hoops’ last three Scottish Premiership fixtures.
The Belgian was unused against Aberdeen, Rangers and on Sunday Motherwell when he was sat on the bench watching Stuart Armstrong and Patrick Roberts called on to enter the fray ahead of him.
Former Hibernian forward McManus has blasted Celtic for snapping up Musonda in January, and has suggested that Rodgers knows he has made a mistake.
“Musonda looking like a monumental waste of money for Celtic. Clear Rodgers currently doesn’t think he is better than what he had previously,” he said on his personal Twitter account.
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There are reports that Musonda was earning a staggering £40,000-a-week on his deal at Chelsea but it is not known whether or not Celtic are paying all of that for the duration of his loan. It seems likely that both pairs of reigning British champions will re-assess the deal in the summer because it’s not worth Musonda’s time and Celtic’s money to keep hold of him for another season if he is barely playing. The Hoops simply did not need the attacking midfielder in January. Rodgers has quality attacking options in his squad but his defence is turgid. It’s simply baffling that Rodgers got Musonda but only signed Marvin Compper and Jack Hendry to bolster his centre-back options.
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