Date: 9th August 2018 at 6:35pm
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BBC reporter Chris McLaughlin has become caught up in the crossfire of Celtic’s transfer market failings.

Brendan Rodgers brought the subject into the open on Tuesday when he expressed his frustrations about the failure to bring in similar quality to replace Patrick Roberts and Stuart Armstrong.

As a consequence of that Rodgers rejected an offer from Fulham for Dedryck Boyata with the hoops left with a depreciating asset in the final 10 months of his contract.

Social media was alive with the controversy with supporters concerned at the first sign that Rodgers wasn’t happy with the club’s transfer policy.

Predictably the board of directors bore the brunt of that anger with £30m sitting in the bank following successive trebles and two Champions League group campaigns.

Last night in the build up to the AEK Athens match McLaughlin reported that the board were unhappy with their managers comments.

That news has clearly escalated the rift between the boardroom and dug-out- the sort of situation that requires real leadership to resolve.

The Celtic board doesn’t need told which party has the overwhelming backing of the support although there are legitimate criticisms of some of Rodgers’ transfer dealings.

The Irishman however is massively in credit after rescuing the club from the Ronny Deila era that saw attendances plummet in line with the standards of performance.