While the noise about valuations and the repeated attempts by Scottish football to discredit the big numbers around Rangers players has admitted lessened the past few months, we nevertheless note the fee Celtic have reportedly slapped on 20-year old Jeremie Frimpong amidst interest from Roma.
Following the criticism aimed at the big numbers over Borna Barisic and more recently James Tavernier, right back Frimpong has been priced at around £15M, with some outlets claiming £13.5M and others going closer to £18M.
Bear in mind Frimpong has only made a total of 29 SPL appearances in his career and 43 appearances in senior football, and his club expect around £15M for him.
Don’t get us wrong, unlike those idiots who support the green and white lot, we’re not attacking the fee at all – you sell your assets for the best price you can, and if a team the size of Roma wants him, you might as well bleed them dry.
No, it’s the comical criticism Tavernier and Barisic’s values have received in the recent past – Tav, arguably the most in-form player in Europe right now, is certainly valued well beyond £30M, while Barisic, Croatian international and absolutely world class, is around the same numbers.
But because everyone likes (or liked?) to beat down on Rangers, those numbers were ‘preposterous’. A 20-year old with no caps and just 6 outings in the Europa League plus sub-30 SPL showings is valued happily at around £15M but no way are Barisic and Tavernier worth double…
Celtic do sell well, it’s one thing they’re clinically good at. But it’s laughable to suggest Rangers assets aren’t valued as highly.