The Celtic board announced another positive bank report last week.

It will lead to some fans demanding the suits stump up cash to improve the squad.

However, to their defence, they have done so many times in the last two decades, just perhaps not enough.

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But, just who are the most expensive signings that the Scottish champions have brought in?

The rules for the Celtic most expensive 11

Nailing the player value down to be 100% accurate is an almost impossible job due to various sources as well as inflation.

The formation will be a standard 4-4-2 to make it as equal as possible and to stop midfielder overload.

If two players have reportedly signed on the same price, then the Transfermarkt list will be the dealbreaker.

The most expensive player in the position will be first choice, even if another in his position was a penny less.

Positional changes during their time at Celtic also rules out a handful of players such as Georgios Samaras.

Debated prices such as Jozo Simunovic and unconfirmed fees such as Alan Thompson are also left out.

Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster

Let’s start with the big Englishman who is back at the club on loan from Southampton this season.

Forster signed for the Hoops after two previous loan spells for a reported £2 million in 2012. [Daily Mail]

Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster is most expensive keeper. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

After many iconic performances for the Celts, he was allowed to go back down south for big money where he achieved England caps.

Right back – Andreas Hinkel

The German international was a consistent figure with the Hoops and a top performer.

Hinkel even played against The Bhoys during their 2003 UEFA Cup run before joining for around £1.9 million in 2008. [BBC]

Hinkel is still fondly remembered by the fans and is currently assistant manager at Spartak Moscow.

Centre back – Christopher Jullien

The French stopper is a new Bhoy into the team having joined from Toulouse last summer.

Jullien has been the much needed rock at the back in Neil Lennon’s side after signing him for £7 million. [BBC]

Once he brushes up on small errors and improves in the air, the Hoops will have a top class defender.

Centre back – Rafael Scheidt

This famous waste of money who played as well as his name suggests joined the club in 1999 for £4.8 million. [BBC]

The Brazilian international joined the club to bolster the floundering Hoops backline.

 

However, the homesick big signing was back up the road in Brazil after not even a year later as he failed to settle.

Left back – Boli Bolingoli

Another present player in the most expensive 11 is summer signing Boli Bolingoli.

Summer signing Boli Bolingoli is club’s most expensive left-back. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The Belgian defender joined the club from Rapid Vienna in a reported £3 million deal. [Daily Record]

Bolingoli had a bumpy start before finding his feet but has only since returned to the team after another short spell out.

Right wing – Marian Shved

Some fans will be rightly shocked and have to read that again, but yes, Shved is the most expensive right-winger the club have purchased.

The £2 million fee paid last year by Brendan Rodgers for the Ukranian brought him to the club. [Herald]

Despite only making less than a handful of appearances, he did appear in the weekend cup win against Clyde.

Centre midfield – Neil Lennon

The current gaffer is the most expensive centre mid that the Hoops have ever had in their squad.

Martin O’Neill signed his fellow countryman in 2000 for £5.75 million to toughen up the squad. [Telegraph]

Celtic manager Neil Lennon during his playing days. (Photo by Stu Forster /Allsport)

Lennon has become a club legend as a player and manager as he is leading the club to a quadruple treble.

Centre midfield – Scott Brown

The present Hoops captain has been at the club for 13 years and has more than paid back his bumper fee.

Brown is the most expensive Scottish cross country signing, having arrived from Hibs for £4.4 million. [Guardian]

The 21-year-old signing has gone on to win three trebles, many league titles and is the first name on the Hoops’ team sheet.

Left wing – Scott Sinclair

Another man who paid back the money he cost is former player of the year, Scott Sinclair.

The Englishman joined the club in 2016 under Brendan Rodgers for a fee of around £3 million. [Guardian]

Sinclair was integral to his first invincible season and will always be welcome back to Parkhead.

Striker – Odsonne Edouard

French Eddy has gone from the skinny raw Frenchman to club icon during his Celtic tenure.

Edouard is an integral part to the current squad and is the current top scorer for the champions.

Edouard is the club’s record signing of £9 million which was paid by Rodgers in 2018. [BBC]

Striker – Chris Sutton

The dry humoured English striker has narrowly beaten former teammate John Hartson to the team.

Both players signed for O’Neill’s side for £6 million one year apart. [BBC]

Sutton arguably gave more to the Hoops during his time at the club, forming a formidable partnership with Henrik Larsson.

Celtic’s most expensive XI.

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