Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has shown a sign of typical English arrogance by stating that clubs in Scotland, including Celtic, “need the money” from transfer offers.

The conversation was with regard to English clubs going out and spending big on the likes of Odsonne Edouard or Alfredo Morelos. The discussion also took place on Alan Brazil’s TalkSPORT breakfast show.

Brazil stated that clubs in England could get either one of the duo for good money. Parlour then tries to give his own view on the matter, and touched on how clubs in Scotland “need the money” that English sides would offer them.

You can watch the video for yourself below:

Parlour says the following:

“They will sell, Celtic. If you put the right money on the table. He’s a little bit of a hothead – Morelos, he’s been sent off quite a few times a year.


“They’re the sort of guys who are feasible to get. I know you can get Tevez and people like that, but the future going forward, if they can step up to the next level…

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“If you put money on the table in Scotland then they need the money. So you might be able to get one of those strikers.”

The respect is there, but it’s not accurate

Celtic don’t sell players because the club “need” the money. It’s unfair to throw that our way. You wouldn’t say that for any other club that sells their top players.

If Celtic were in need of the money from England, they wouldn’t have booted out Arsenal’s original £25m for Kieran Tierney (Sky Sports).

When Celtic sell the likes of Tierney, and when we eventually sell Edouard, it’s because we know it’s the next step for them. That’s the platform we provide in Scotland. We give young players with potential the chance to perform on a big stage with a big club before moving them on.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If anyone from England or anywhere else comes in for Edouard in the summer, we won’t sell him because we need the cash. We’ll sell him, for the right price, because it follows the business model the club have followed in recent years. In doing so, it allows us to have players like Edouard who are willing to come and give their all for Celtic. Look back to the likes of Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster, and Virgil van Dijk as successful examples.

Parlour doesn’t try and show any disrespect to Celtic here. He’s not having a big go at us or looking to insult the club in any way. However, it’s a sign of the arrogance down there that they believe we’re all skint and can’t afford to hold onto our better players for a prolonged period of time.

If Celtic wanted and Edouard was willing, he’d be here for the rest of his career. Football doesn’t always revolve around cash. We have a responsibility to let these players move on when the time is right. That’s why we’ll sell Edouard, not because we’re cash-strapped.

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