Football managers don’t always have to be nice, and they are within their rights to get rid of players who they fell are under-performing.
This seems to be what was has happened with Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and now departed Hoops defender Erik Sviatcheko.
The Danish centre-back, who has returned to FC Midtjylland, revealed to the Herald that it was ‘a lot of little things’ which lead to him being jettisoned from the first-team squad last season.
The season before he had been a first-team regular, making 43 appearances in the Hoops’ ‘invincibles’.
This ruthless streak can make or break a manager, and in Rodgers’ case so far it seems to have been the former.
He has left players out of the squad before, such as Cristian Gamboa and Jozo Simunovic, but they had second chances – yes, even the little seen Gamboa played a league game in February.
This wasn’t the case with Sviatchenko though, who played one game at the start of the season then was unceremoniously dropped before returning to Denmark on loan in January.
It would not be surprising if some other Hoops players were told to leave the club this summer, particularly those that have no intention of signing a new contract with the club.
That will be a real test for the manager, if he decides to dump a Stuart Armstrong from the first-team squad, for example.
If he did that he would be backed by the fans though, such has been Rodgers’ success with the Hoops so far. You can’t argue with any decision he has made.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are unlikely to sign a recently relegated midfielder