If there’s one market Celtic have had sustained success in over recent years it’s the English Championship. The Hoops have consistently shopped in the division, recruiting players who have gone on to perform well for the club.
Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair and Gary Hooper are all examples of players to come from the league and impress. With the club looking at a number of Championship players once again this summer why is the league so beneficial?
A happy hunting ground
The standard of player in the Championship is very good. The English top-flight is so packed full of world-class talent nowadays that the second-tier gets some of its former players.
The players are either British or familiar with the British game so that translates well to Celtic. They’re also able to play the guts of 50 games per season. The Championship calendar is one of the most testing in world football so it prepares players well for their time at Celtic.
The top end of player in the league can demand a large fee but there are still gems who can be found in the lower reaches. The majority of decent players in the Championship move for between £2-5million. That’s a level of fee Celtic can afford to spend and it usually pays dividends in the long run.