Moussa Dembele completed a £19.7 million move to Lyon on Friday.
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers admitted earlier in the day that a “significant” bid had been rejected for the Frenchman.
Rodgers didn’t expect Dembele to be sold but it became clear on Thursday night that the 22-year-old wanted to leave.
He posted an image on Twitter that read: “A man, without his word, is nothing. A real man keeps his word.”
It appeared to be aimed at Celtic.
Dembele later ‘liked’ Chris Sutton’s tweet saying: “Moussa Dembele clearly calling out Brendan Rodgers.”
There seemed to be no way back after that and Dembele got his wish to leave Celtic Park on Friday.
Chris Sutton reacts on Twitter
Sutton reacted to Dembele’s departure by insisting that Celtic had no choice but to sell the forward following his tweet.
The Celtic legend also criticised the club’s transfer window.
“No way back for Moussa after last nights tweet but it’s clear he felt wronged by something,” Sutton wrote on Twitter.
“Celtic have lost a talented player but had no choice but to move him on as the Rodgers/Dembele relationship was finished.
“No getting away from it it’s been a poor window for Celtic so far!”
Celtic were keen for Dembele to stay and so didn’t opt to bring in a replacement.
But not all fans agree with Sutton’s assessment that it was a poor window, while many are happy to see the back of Dembele.
The club brought in six players, including Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint-Germain, and managed to keep hold of Kieran Tierney, Olivier Ntcham and Dedryck Boyata.
Meanwhile, midfielder Tom Rogic signed a five-year contract extension with the club in May.
Yet Celtic failed to qualify for the Champions League, and that is the main goal after making the Scottish Premiership their own.
Three of the incomings are loan deals and two more arrived on a free transfer.
And the 1-0 defeat to Hearts last month suggests the league could be a little tighter than it has been in recent years.News Now - Sport News