Brendan Rodgers spells it out - Celtic can't compete with English money

By John Reid

January 30, 2019

Brendan Rodgers has been brutally honest when it comes to Celtic’s transfer dealings.

The Hoops boss had admitted that when it comes to money, the Scottish champions can’t compete with England.

What will sting for Celtic fans is that Rodgers claims that it is Championship sides the Hoops can’t compete with for signings.

“You get Championship clubs who will pay players £50,000 a week. That’s impossible for us to compete with,” Rodgers told The Herald.

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Rodgers is only telling the truth, even if fans won’t like hear it.

Of course, in certain circumstances the Hoops will still spend big money. For example, the club record signing of Odsonne Edouard in June.

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But it seems that those deals could well be one-offs.

Edouard had already spent a season at Celtic on loan before he joined, so he was used to the club.

It’s not as easy to try and attract a player to Scotland when he has no affinity with the club.

They would most likely rather play for more money in England.

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Perhaps it is for the best that Celtic don’t get involved in bidding wars with clubs in England, and look to find under the radar players.

That could well be the case with the signing of Vakoun Issouf Bayo, who was previously playing in Slovakia.

A player not many have heard but who Celtic felt was worth gambling on.

As money continues to rule football, more signings like Bayo could well become the norm at Celtic Park.