Celtic manager Neil Lennon is aware of team selection leaks at the club and isn’t happy about it, as reported by BBC Scotland.
Recent starting eleven line-ups, notably against Rangers and Hearts, have been doing the rounds on social media the day before fixtures, with fans able to get a close look at the manager’s plans well in advance of the official announcement an hour and fifteen minutes before kick-off.
It’s an issue that has come up again and again over the last season or so and the Celtic Park boss feels whoever is leaking the info is letting the club down.
As quoted by BBC Scotland, Lennon said:
I am aware the team does get leaked and I’m really not happy about it.
Someone is letting us down. I’m not convinced it’s coming from a player.
I’d like to [change timing of team selection] but it’s what the players have been used to so again I’m not wanting to change too much too soon.
Clearly this is not an ideal situation with rival teams and managers potentially getting a look at any selection surprises ahead of the match.
For instance, Derek McInnes may have known recently that Lennon decided to select Jonny Hayes instead of Scott Sinclair at left wing, changing the shape and style of the team at Hampden.
It may not be a massive problem but hopefully Lennon, or whoever the new manager is this summer, gets to the bottom of the problem and fixes it ahead of the new season.