Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has insisted that his club would go bust if they tried to copy Celtic and Rangers’ model financially.
In recent weeks the Dons have started to get excited about potentially splitting Glasgow’s top two sides, with Andrew Considine admitting that it’s a real target for them (Daily Record). This has come about due to the Hoops having only won four of their last 14 games.
However, even though Celtic have been in a bit of a crisis, the Premiership table still shows us sitting three points clear of Derek McInnes’ side and with a game in-hand.
Even so, it was put to Cormack about how he plans to challenge Celtic and Rangers, and it didn’t appear that the outspoken chairman had much of an idea as to how to stop Glasgow’s dominance of Scottish football.
As quoted by the Scotsman, Cormack said: “I like facts and data, and so I try to draw a parallel between early 80s with Sir Alex Ferguson and Derek’s tenure here. Ferguson won 58 per cent of league games, Derek is on 55 per cent.
“The difference is this: in the early 80s Rangers and Celtic were not paying six times the wages as they are today. That is an arms race that is impossible to chase. We would go bust”
It’s all relative in football
In fairness to Cormack, he isn’t telling any lies here. Both Celtic’s transfer and wage budget convincingly trump that of Aberdeen’s, and that’s a major hurdle that they have to try and overcome somehow.
But it’s all relative. It’s the same when we play in Europe and come up against £30million strikers in the Europa League. In the Champions League you can probably double that price-tag. It’s the exact same challenge we have in continental competitions that Cormack’s Aberdeen does here.
However, we all play the same sides and Aberdeen will still have one of the highest budgets in the country. Especially considering they’re the only major football club in such a big city combined with the fact they’re generally involved in Europe every season.
They should still be capable of forming a squad capable of beating the likes of Motherwell, St Johnstone, Kilmarnock etc on a regular basis. However, you look at the Premiership table and it shows you that the Dons have failed to win seven of their 16 league games this season – just under half.
That can’t be considered anywhere near good enough for the level they should be operating at just now. They still drop too many points and lack quality in so many areas of their squad.
Splitting Celtic and Rangers sounds ridiculously premature when they’re not even splitting Celtic and Hibs at the moment. The Dons sit fourth with no run of form looking like coming anytime soon. They’ve just come off two slip-ups to St Mirren in recent weeks. It’s problems like that which will always halt McInnes’ side from becoming a proper force in Scottish football again.