John Collins says clubs are taking advantage of "desperate" Celtic in the transfer market

By David Walton

August 1, 2021

Former Celtic striker and assistant manager John Collins believes clubs are taking advantage of the club’s desperation in the transfer market this summer.

Celtic have managed to bring in three players in the first month of the summer window. Liel Abada, Carl Starfelt, and Kyogo Furuhashi have been secured as Ange Postecoglou’s first three signings.

However, by and large, it’s been a summer of frustration so far. Celtic still have big gaps in their squad that haven’t been plugged. That’s despite the fact a host of names have been linked with the club over the last couple of months.

And as Collins expressed sympathy for the new manager, he believes clubs are taking firm advantage of our situation.

Speaking on BBC Sportsound after Celtic’s loss to Hearts last night, Collins said: “I just think there’s so much work to be done. The manager came in late, and obviously you can’t sign players without a manager in place so that’s delayed everything.

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“Of course the board is trying to find players for him but it isn’t easy to get players in at this stage of the season. And clubs know that Celtic are desperate, so as soon as they come in they’re bumping up prices. I’m sure that’s happened behind the scenes.

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“So I feel for the manager, I really do feel for him. He’s staying nice and calm, but again they need to get a goalkeeper in and the full-backs in. It’s not easy.”

John Collins bang on, but Celtic didn’t suddenly become desperate

You can’t pick anything in what Collins says here. Clubs will indeed be well aware of the buying clubs that come in for their players. They’ll know exactly what the opposing club’s position is to see if it can give them a stronger hand in negotiations.

However, Celtic didn’t suddenly become desperate. It’s not as some sort of financial crisis struck the club and we had to let a host of talented players go.

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We’ve known since last summer where our squad shortages would be for this year. We knew that we would be short in both full-back areas since January. Knew that the goalkeepers weren’t good enough long before the summer.

There’s desperation now because our season has now begun and we can’t allow Rangers to get too far in front. That wasn’t the case back in June. You have to then wonder why work wasn’t done at that stage to fix the defence fully.

We’re continuing to pay a costly price every day we don’t strenghten. And clubs will know that, when we approach the negotiating table, we hardly have any aces in our deck.

In other news, Kenny Dalglish says Celtic could need as many as 6 more players this summer