Neil Lennon has got everyone talking this week after leaving Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths out of his recent training squad in Loughborough University and subsequently this weekend's pre-season games in France due to fitness issues.
Griffiths splits opinion among football fans and I don't know him personally, but from the outside looking in he's had a tough time over the past couple of years away from the game.
When lockdown kicked in back in March, a lot of people would have been dreading the long days and extra time they had on their hands. Routine is something that makes people tick, knowing what's ahead rather than the unknown.
Footballers aren't exempt to this just because they are public figures and although people talk about how much they earn, that is completely irrelevant. Being out of sync from what you're used to affects people in different ways.
I've mentioned it before about footballers needing the buzz and excitement of interaction at training.
The dressing room camaraderie is irreplaceable and when that's taken away - as it was with the Covid-19 pandemic - a few I spoke to felt very low at times and the challenges that it brought. They found it difficult to get up and get on with training on their own and locating the motivation to drive themselves on with the uncertainty of what was ahead.
I don't know Griffiths' personal situation but it looks like he could possibly have found lockdown a lonely place. Having a lot of free time poses more problems than answers as your mind wanders and you can overthink things.
Griffiths comes across as a really confident individual on the pitch. He has a swagger about him and a cockiness that rubs people up the wrong way at times, but deep down no one knows what's really going on inside his head or how he really feels behind closed doors.
I'm not making excuses for him and his fitness issues, I don't know enough about them, but maybe this is possibly a cry for some help.
He's had a difficult time in the past but insecurities, doubts and feeling low don't just disappear and go away. If he is having hard times psychologically then it will be an ongoing situation that he will need help, support and guidance with just now and moving forward.
Just because he's in the public eye and is a professional sportsperson doesn't mean he should be overlooked or judged any differently.
Leigh will know he's upset his manager and let him down so once again he'll have to show Lennon, Celtic as a club, his team-mates and supporters that he can bounce back. He will be as frustrated as anyone and disappointed in himself but he must use that frustration as motivation to get himself into shape.
Lennon himself has admitted in the past he's had dark days so he will know how to get Griffiths back up to speed and in the right frame of mind. He has to punish him, of that there's no doubt because Neil will be annoyed, but he will also keep the door open for a return.
The ball is now in Griffiths' court, all eyes will be on him to see if he can resurrect his Celtic career in what could be a momentous season for the club. He will have detractors but he must keep his head down and stay focused on himself and his career.
Lennon signed Griffiths for Celtic in his first spell back in 2014 and when he put him back into the side in January alongside Odsonne Edouard it transformed the fortunes of the team. Griffiths looked like he was getting back to his best and goals duly flowed.
As we all wait to see what happens next, it's clear Griffiths is an outstanding footballer but first and foremost he's a human being who isn't exempt to tough times and setbacks.
I hope he gets the support and encouragement he needs.