Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has made a low-key insult towards Celtic on the eve of their Champions League clash by claiming injured star Robert Lewandowski might have been risked had they been facing a team like Real Madrid instead.
The Polish striker was substituted against RB Leipzig with a thigh injury over the weekend, and has not travelled to Celtic Park for matchday four - as confirmed by the club, via their official website.
Interim boss Jupp Heynckes isn't taking any chances over the 29-year-old, who is no doubt going to be key to the Bavarians' potential successes this season.
Heynckes had to play down some arrogant comments made by Rummenigge in the build up to the clash that, "If we had played against Real Madrid, he might have gone", as quoted by Kicker.
Whether he meant it not, he has basically said that Celtic aren't high enough quality opposition for them to consider risking one of their star players.
"The coach does not want to risk anything as Saturday’s game [against Borussia Dortmund], which is very important for us, is in the back of his mind," Rummenigge explained.
Heynckes added, as quoted by Scottish publication EveningTimes: "Rummenigge was a world class footballer and a professional and he has his own opinions. But I have always protected my team and with Lewandowski not fit it would make no sense for him to have travelled over to tomorrow’s game."
It's safe to say the CEO's comments have ruffled a few feathers, and Hoops fans are now clamouring to see their underdog side get one over on the German giants, who are plagued by other injuries at the moment to Juan Bernat, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery.