Kenny Dalglish talks up 8-figure financial advantage Celtic now have over Rangers
Kenny Dalglish believes Celtic are in pole position heading into a busy summer of recruitment for both the Bhoys and rivals Rangers.
Celtic have guaranteed entry into the group stages of Champions League next season, while the Ibrox side have to go through two tough qualifying rounds.
It puts the Bhoys in a commanding spot, able to plan ahead for the coming season more efficiently and effectively.
Dalglish reckons it’s a factor ahead of the next title race, writing in his Sunday Post column: “If they had beaten Eintracht they were straight into the Champions League and the pot of money, in excess of £30 million, would have been waiting. Such chunky funds would have given the club certainty and they would have been sitting down with Giovanni this week aware of the budget he has and the type of players they were going for. But they do not have that luxury just now.
“Across the city, by winning the SPFL Premiership, Celtic gained automatic entry into the Champions League and that guaranteed financial windfall. That has given Celtic certainty of what they are able to do in the coming weeks.
“Having that sort of clarity should be beneficial to Ange Postecoglou and his recruitment department. They know what they have to spend and they know when they are talking to agents and signing targets they are doing so in the knowledge they are in Europe’s No. 1 club competition. That kind of stability and certainty is so helpful.
“It promises to be an interesting summer of activity at Celtic and Rangers and it will be fascinating to see how both squads look when the window closes. At the moment, though, Celtic should have an advantage.”
Celtic won’t be making as many signings as last summer, but five or six could be on the cards as Ange Postecoglou looks to add serious quality to his squad. That kind of work could be hastened by moving fringe players on.
Rangers have a number of key players also out of contract this summer and next, meaning it could be a period of significant rebuild for them. Not having immediate access to Champions League cash makes that tricky.
Hopefully Postecoglou, Mark Lawwell and the rest of the staff at Celtic can make the eight-figure advantage count. If we can get good business done early we will be very hard to beat from the off next term.