Celtic to contest eight game Champions League gamble

By Connor Gordon

July 15, 2019

Champions League qualification for Celtic will bring a few questions about the club. If The Bhoys are able to conquer all eight games an obvious windfall is transferred.

The club are already shoring in transfers so far this season in important areas.

Are Celtic playing a dangerous game and pre-empting or will it all go pear shaped?

Celtic Champions League conundrum

It’s no secret that defensive reinforcements were required.

Christopher Jullien is Celtic’s second most expensive signing. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo were brought in on healthy sums.

Neil Lennon also successfully negotiated a top fee for David Turnbull.

All these recruits are needed, but at what cost will this be?

The Hoops don’t usually do this type of mass spending in the transfer market unless the really need to.

A threadbare defence may have been the driving force behind the recent acquisitions.

However, it’s the money itself that’s bringing in a bit of a question mark.

Are Celtic using potential European earnings for the coming season to subsidise costs?

Celtic are waiting for Champions League return. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Doing so is a dangerous game as the club knows what European failure means to the coffers.

However, the spending does put a magnifying glass on recent transfer windows.

Brendan Rodgers not backed by board?

In terms of previous windows, January’s was one of the worst in recent times.

Three loanees who didn’t do much to make their mark and one permanent transfer the fans have barely watched so far.

Was Brendan Rodgers truly backed by Celtic board? (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The players brought in now will have been on the club’s radar for a while. The two in so far could have arrived and bed into the club for a bit before facing the qualifiers.

Even last summer was a bit of a drawn out conclusion with Moussa Dembélé heading to Lyon.

This was arguably to ease the yearly costs to run Celtic as it covered the Champions League group stage losses.

However, failure again to make the premier competition could see another big name leave the club.

The board have an almighty balancing act if this happens again.