Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Breaking news - Celtic's megamillions don't matter - and here's why



For the past four years we’ve been inundated with the financial gulf and disparity between Rangers and Celtic.

That the green and whites’ budget above anything else was a reason there was a chasm between the two, and it would be hard or even impossible to bridge.

Obviously this argument ignores football not being played in the bank but on a football pitch – ask Leicester and Atletico, to name but two.

But more importantly, this argument now appears to be outright false.

While Celtic have had numbers to spend, a look at their incomings suggests they may not be as far ahead as most people fear.

If we look at their 17/18 incomings, it’s filled with the likes of £1M man Jonny Hayes, similar amount for now-departed Martin Compper, and Jack Hendry from Dundee in a fee barely more than that. In short, nothing scary at all.

18/19 isn’t all that more overwhelming. Edouard obviously is the big one at £9M, but aside him the expenditure really doesn’t scream at us.

And then this summer has seen £7M man Julien, £3M Bolingoli and £2M man Greg Taylor among a few others.

Now we know Rangers have spent around £12M each transfer window since 2017. So what’s the difference here.

Well the big shouty neon sign has been the stunning numbers Celtic have sold for, not bought for. Multimillions have come in for the Armstrongs, Dembeles and Tierneys - £50M for those three, give or take.

But the money isn’t clearly going straight back into the squad.

No, Celtic’s spending isn’t really that much more frightening than Rangers’.

Indeed, Rangers’ acquisition of Kent was the third biggest transfer fee in Scottish history behind only Flo and Edouard, while this summer we also spent big on Filip Helander.

It doesn’t seem like the spending actual between the two Old Firm clubs is really that far apart, only the actual budget.

Celtic have their megamillions to spend, but they don’t actually do it.

9 comments:

  1. Probably more to do with the fact Celtic only needed to improve minor pieces of the jigsaw rather than an entire squad rebuild like SG has had to do over the last 2 seasons. Big Brenda spent 30.85m in 2.5 seasons rebuilding Delia's Shellick which would equate roughly to what Stevie has had to spend to replace the dross he inherited from Pedro and the Breadman. Fact is though, Brenda still made Celtic a profit in his transfer dealings. Hopefully be a while before it's the same for SG because I don't want El Búfalo going anywhere!!!

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  2. dont beleive a word that comes out from liewell and there gang, julien 7m, edoured 9m, no chance ,if they have got any money there going to need it and not for players watp

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  3. Nothing new there then,business as usual for that biscuit tin mob,where theres blame theres a claim💰

    WATP🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧

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    1. Agreee With you Benidorm Loyal. History tells u they dont spend. Its alll superficial with them

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  4. But with all the money in the world who could you buy who would wish to come to the Micky Mouse SPLF? Away to Ross County on a cold winters night. Celtic haven’t bought well because big money players don’t want to come to Scotland. Ryan Kent has still a lot to prove yet he is 3rd highest signing ever in Scotland. Liverpool didn’t want him. No we are going about business the right way. Celtic s money is not a problem. Getting good squad and managing them well is what it is all about. SG is on his way.

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  5. Our squad is easily as good of not better in depth than the Rotten Mob . I would probably only be interested in Ncham and Edward let's be honest the rest are ordinary to poor.

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  6. They could have all the money in the world but they still suffer the same problem that Scottish football has....stepping stone to England. We sinply cannot compete with the English leagues on money so we have to offer sonething and Europe is one of those things plus the...i refuse to call it old firm...rangers celtic derbys. We moan we dont sspend enough (theres a lesson) compared to Celtic not shelling out. Wages doesnt mean quality. Fees dont mean quality. A forward thinking management team is.

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