No marquee signings says Rodgers, does the Celtic board not trust him?

By Connor Gordon

January 14, 2019

Brendan Rodgers says he won’t sign big players but it may go deeper than some think.

The Celtic manager perhaps might not have the full backing by the board.

A few temporary loan signings and a mere £2 million spent may suggest that.

Furthermore, Rodgers’ transfer record hasn’t been the strongest.

Celtic are in profit so there must be a reason for low spending

The Hoops are boasting a pre-tax profit of more than £17 million over the last calendar year.

This figure is also before the addition of the sale of Moussa Dembele to Lyon – there is money there.

Moussa Dembele’s transfer to Lyon isn’t accounted for in latest proft figures. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, loan signings and one low-cost permanent signing is all we have to speak of so far.

Rodgers believes that bringing a big name in doesn’t fit the ethos of the club.

He told the Scottish Herald: “I don’t think that’s how Celtic works.

“The model of the club is value and maximising that value and talent and development and see it grow at the club.”

Celtic are being known for developping the likes of Callum McGregor without spending big bucks. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, there seems to be something missing to the squad – a big name experienced player.

Board don’t trust Rodgers with massive cash?

One reason Celtic might not be spending big is perhaps Lawwell and co don’t want to risk the manager spending anymore big cash.

This season, The Hoops have spent £9 million on Odsonne Edouard who is yet to prove his worth.

Additionally, another big money man Olivier Ntcham is in free-fall with his performances this season.

The next massive signing will need to be the correct one, but it also shows big money doesn’t always mean a better player.

Head of Recruitment Lee Congerton could be the reason for keeping the cash for players low just now. (Photo by Ian Horrocks – Sunderland AFC/Getty Images)

Another reason could be the board not trusting Head of Recruitment Lee Congerton and his team, as the Englishman continues to come under fire from fans.

Whatever the reason is, penny pinching and short loans aren’t Celtic standard.

The board must get their act together as there are gaping areas of the pitch that needs addressing.

A right-back and at least one centre-half is required and big money needs to be spent.

Failure to do so will hand the league to our title rivals – don’t let it happen.