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Why Fishing In Familar Waters Can Be A Dangerous Thing
After the excitement tempered slightly as regards to the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, the attention of the supporters turned to the signings that the new manager would bring in.

After the excitement tempered slightly as regards to the appointment of Brendan Rodgers, the attention of the supporters turned to the signings that the new manager would bring in. First and foremost however, much of the deadwood needs shipped off to pastures new. The goalkeeping position is the only one not in need of surgery but instead of working from the back and going forward, a new striker is required to partner Leigh Griffiths. Rodgers is also concerned with the state of the backline and at the time of writing is rumoured to be trying to secure the services of 35-year-old Kolo Toure, whom he had signed for Liverpool but who since was released by successor Jurgen Klopp.

Where will these players be found? Celtic have been criticised in recent years by the fans for bringing in bargain basement signings from obscure markets. Many of these signings haven’t worked, they have been project players where the potenial was never delievered although some have. The players that were a success were sold to England making profits for the club but only a very small percentage of the money was ever re-invested in the squad. There should then be a large war chest, larger than what has been reported. After all why would a club show its hand by making it public how much funds they can spare in the transfer market?

We are waiting for that first marquee signing but if recent reports are to be believed and analysed - Celtic are looking in the wrong place. Since 2004, Rodgers has only coached and managed in England and it has become a market that the County Antrim man knows well. The unfortunate thing is that this market is its own bubble where players are over-valued due to the vast revenues the English Premier League clubs bring in with ticket sales, sponsorships and money from broadcasters dwarfing clubs in Scotland. Perhaps Celtic will still need to continue to also tap into the same markets as before, although we know that Rodgers’ signing policy will be based on quality not quantity.

Last week it was reported that the manager had attempted to sign Joe Allen and he wants to raid his former club. This will prove tougher than at first glance and is an unfortunate truth. Until there is that first star signing to excite the support, one feels that it is more likely to come from another market rather than England - unless that player is a Celtic fan and willing to take a pay cut to play in the hoops.

Pints McLaughlin
Randalstown Hoops



Posted by voc1967 on Monday 27 June 2016 - 06:45:00 | Comments (0)  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
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