FORMER Celtic midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will be nowhere in sight when Kilmarnock face their toughest test of the season at Rugby Park this evening.

Tommy Wright’s men are on the relegation tightrope without a safety net in sight as they prepare for the second leg of their Premiership Play-Off Final against Dundee who hold a 2-1 advantage from last week’s first encounter at Dens Park.

The Killie boss will not be able to draw on the experience of the 34-year-old one-time Paris Saint-Germain prospect as he prepares for the do-or-die confrontation where the winner will take all.

But Wright admits he is not too concerned after moody Mulumbu’s disappearing act.

The anchorman, who made only three appearances for the Hoops after Brendan Rodgers signed him on a free in 2018 and was released 12 months later, emptied his locker after the win over Hamilton Accies last weekend and then took flight.

The Ayrshire gaffer has no idea where the player is, but suggested that there are players at the club HAPPY to see the back of Mulumbu.

SHAKE ON IT…Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers and Youssouf Mulumbu at the end of Premiership game at Rugby Park in February 2018.

Wright, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “I’m not stunned that he has left. Having worked with him, the type of player he is, nothing stuns me about him.

“The first we knew was when the kitman informed me that his kit had all gone last Sunday after the Hamilton game.

“That seemed weird, strange. I then got a text message in the early hours of Monday morning saying that he had to go to France and he needed to speak to us.

“We said for him to come in, we’d have a meeting and discuss it. I don’t know where he is. He could be in France, he could anywhere.

“But, listen, since I’ve been here he’s done nowhere near enough to be in the team, so it’s not something I’ve lost any sleep over.

“Some of the players are happy actually.”

Mulumbu has played only sporadically during a crucial campaign and Wright added: “I’ve had to deal with a lot since I came to the club.

“I’m not concerned that he’s left. It says more about him than it does about us.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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