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Team mates react to Instagram post before Celtic star is forced into u-turn

Liel Abada and Matt O’Riley shared their approval of the Instagram comment that Odin Thiago Holm had to go back and water down.

Soon after the 3-1 win away to Aberdeen the Norwegian was sharing a picture of Slobodan Rubezic with the caption “Bitch be humble, sit down” #3pt.

That comment remained online for almost two hours before it was cut down to just #3pt but not before numerous screenshots had been taken as well as reactions from his team-mates.

It is refreshing to see genuine comments from players rather than the usual bland reactions which tend to thank the fans, great win for the lads, tough place to go and we go again.

Getting an insight into the sledging that goes on is a welcome change with Holm and Rubezic both new to Scottish football this year.

The young Norwegian was a 70th minute substitute for the injured Reo Hatate and quickly made an impact in the centre of the park as Aberdeen pushed for an equaliser.

Above, the original. Below the watered down version.

Holm was the first signing of the Brendan Rodgers era, putting pen to paper on a contract after meeting his new boss in Mallorca with the bulk of the deal already completed.

Last weekend Alexandro Bernabei discovered the tougher side of Rodgers when he was dropped from the squad that faced Ross County because he had slept in for a team meeting.

Whether it was his manager or someone in the club’s Media team that prompted the editing of his Instagram comment it is unlikely to be repeated.

Of the four project signings bought during the summer the former Valerenga man has been the most impressive, showing up well in all of his outings to date.

Last week he was brought on in the 83rd minute with Celtic leading 4-1 against Ross County, today was very different but he took the chance with both hands to push his case towards getting a first start.

Showing composure and awareness he didn’t get caught up in the heat of the match as he made his tackles and completed his passes at a critical phase in the match.

Tellingly Rodgers turned to the 20-year-old ahead of Tomoki Iwata who has half a season more of experience in the Scottish game.

It is a high water-mark to break into the Celtic midfield but in his appearances so far Holm doesn’t look as if he will require much time bedding in, no allowances will be required.

Hatate’s recent demotion shows that no one is spared as Rodgers assesses the squad that he has inherited.

Last season it looked like Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate plus either Matt O’Riley or Aaron Mooy. David Turnbull went seven months without starting an SPFL match but has been in the Starting XI for the two matches under Rodgers.

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