Embattled Bloemfontein Celtic management have denied reports of player mutiny in the club. Several players have been linked with a possible move away from the club.
The dire financial situation has led to players embarking on strike on four occasions in 2018.
Celtic started the current Absa Premiership campaign on a high note. However, financial challenges have impacted negatively on the club.
The acrimonious departure of former Coach Steve Komphela has laid bare deep-rooted malaise in the club.
First choice Goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb has been linked with SuperSport United. Cameroonian international Tignyemb has been with Celtic from July 2008 and has so far featured in 312 games which is a club record.
And @Bloem_Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb has denied that he’s leaving the @OfficialPSL club for @SuperSportFC. Tignyemb says he’s determined to honour his contract until July 2021. #sabcfs #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/f12gNNAbvZ
— Teboho Letshaba (@letshaba82) January 17, 2019
Tignyemb says that Celtic management has a right to decide to release him from the team.
“So, if the owner or bosses of the team decide they want to send me somewhere else, it’s their right; they are the bosses. But me as a player, I’m loyal to Celtic. I will always be loyal to Celtic.”
The powers that be at Celtic have denied reports of player mutiny. The club’s CEO, Khumbulani Konco, has himself been rumoured to be on his way out, but Konco has dismissed these claims.
“Whoever is spreading that rumour knows that I love Patrick Tignyemb too much that is why he’s linking me with Patrick and a move to the club you are mentioning. But Khumbulani is part of Bloemfontein Celtic; he’s always been part of Bloemfontein Celtic. The window period unfortunately doesn’t affect me.”
Meanwhile, Celtic management have met with the leadership of the club’s supporters. Supporters have vowed not to attend the games until management has accounted for instability in the club.