CHRIS SUTTON will always tell you what he thinks but what if his thinking is predicated on a false narrative that the pundit is still clearly pushing this morning.
Last night, Brendan Rodgers made it very clear what has gone down with regards to Moussa Dembele. There was no cryptic tweets, childish liking of social media posts or memes quoting movies which the Englishman is happy to base his opinion.
Brendan Rodgers quote reads “It is vital to make clear that we have never promised any player that he can leave the Club at a particular time. It has never happened”
That is strong, clear language from the Celtic boss as he accepted his striker was on the way out.
Yet, in today’s Daily Record, Sutton is still pushing the narrative that Celtic promised to sell Moussa Dembele when the right offer came in.
That has been unquestionably refuted and the only person pushing that narrative was a petulant striker desperate to get his big money move.
Sutton comments on Celtic ‘needing’ to sell Dembele, in the end, to make sure the players like Edouard and Ntcham see the benefit of Celtic’s transfer policy – absolute nonsense.
Celtic kept their end of the bargain, come in, win trophies, soak up the adulation and we’ll give you the platform you crave. Of course, we all know Dembele wasn’t going to be at Celtic Park forever BUT it has to be made clear Celtic did not break any promises when they rejected Lyon’s first bid.
There was no doubt had Moussa not thrown the toys out the pram that he would have eventually got a move but the club wasn’t in the best position to let him go and wanted to keep him at least for another six months.
Edouard and Ntcham will know themselves if they continue to improve they will move on at some point and with the club’s blessing just like any youngsters coming in will know the same.
Sutton said Dembele held up his end of the bargain – in the end, he did anything but.