Mowbray - Caldwell not a problem
Celtic boss Tony Mowbray insists Gary Caldwell's public airing of his grievances does not concern him.
Last Updated: 18/09/09 8:55pm
Celtic boss Tony Mowbray insists Gary Caldwell's public airing of his grievances over how contract talks are progressing has not angered him.
The Hoops defender expressed on the morning of Celtic's Europa League defeat away to Hapoel Tel Aviv how he was unhappy that negotiations with the Scottish giants had stalled.
While Mowbray admits he would have preferred Caldwell to have kept his concerns in-house, he believes such candid comments should not unduly concern him.
Caldwell's current contract expires at the end of the season and he could leave the club on a free transfer.
"I'm not annoyed at all," said Mowbray. "I'm here to try and make sure that my players go into every game content and happy but that can't always be the case.
"Gary is in a situation where he wants one thing, but after conversations with advisors there has been no agreement reached. It's a process that football clubs go through and we have to accept that.
"Football clubs are constantly talking to their players. Sometimes if you have a prize asset and they have two years left on their contract, clubs will open negotiations but it's not out there for the world to see.
"Personally, I would like to leave all that in-house. I don't think it is a thing that should be discussed in public.
"There have been discussions with Gary's advisors and if something gets resolved then great, if it doesn't, it will rumble on.
"But as a football club we need to focus on football matches and not be openly talking about individual players and their contracts."
Mowbray was coy when asked about the extent of his involvement in the Caldwell talks.
"It's not something that I want to get involved in at certain stages," he said.
"Negotiations are sometimes long and drawn out. It's not a case of coming in and saying, 'this is the demands, let's get it done', it doesn't happen like that in football.
"I'm aware of the situation but as I say, it's a long process and we wait to see the outcome."
The Celtic boss, though, is confident that Caldwell will be unaffected by inevitable speculation about his future.
"At this moment Gary is contracted to us and he is a very important player," Mowbray added.
"He played in midfield the other night, he's played centre-half for us, he's played for his country and so he is an important player for us at the moment.
"I will develop my relationship with Gary and as long as it doesn't affect his football and his concentration levels on a match day, then he will continue to have a part to play with the team."