Celtic fine Rogne after contract complaints

The Norwegian defender stated that his current wage didn't match his value to the club, and despite Neil Lennon sympathising with him, the manager has docked his wages
Celtic defender Thomas Rogne has been hit with a fine from his manager Neil Lennon after stating that he is unhappy with his contract at Parkhead.

The 22-year-old's current deal expires at the end of this campaign, and he is free to talk with interested clubs from the January, and said he feels his current wage doesn't match his value at the club.

"I have played when I have been healthy and feel I should be paid like the other players in that category but the deal has been much worse. The salary must reflect my value," he previously stated.

Celtic have penalised the former Stabaek player for these comments, despite Lennon sympathising with the nature of the comments.

"I have [fined him], yes. He feels he was misquoted and he didn't know what all the fuss was about," Lennon told the Daily Telegraph.

"He and his advisors are in negotiations at the minute and he wants to stay, but he is going to face a club fine because we don't want the players talking club business when they are away on international duty."

Celtic captain Scott Brown is set to return to action after a hip problem, and his manager is hoping that he will be fit for action against St Johnstone and in their first Champions League group game against Benfica.

He added: "I am hoping Scott will be fit for both games.

"We have tempered his training, he didn't train yesterday but came through a light session today so he will definitely start tomorrow and will be in mind for Wednesday.

"We have to be gauged by Scott and how he is feeling on a day-to-day basis.

"Samaras is not as bad as we first feared, basically it is ligament damage and hopefully he will be fit for the Spartak Moscow game [on October 2].

"It's a bitter blow to lose him but it is a huge relief [that it wasn't for longer] and Charlie [Mulgrew] is good, he is back.

"It [campaign] has been a bit disjointed with all the travelling we have had to do, and in between we had a game in Philadelphia, so it feels as if it is really starting now.

"We have tip-toed through the first four SPL games and now we can set fire to the season now."