Chris Sutton has suggested on BT Sport that Celtic’s transfer strategy is flawed.
“When I was at Celtic, they spent money,” the 42-year-old told BT Sport. “Celtic have changed the way they buy players now. They buy players from a gambler’s market. It’s tricky: they get some right, they get some wrong.”
While Sutton does make a valid point, one needs to consider the fact that Celtic cannot compete for the best players in Europe.
Although the Glasgow-based club are the biggest in Scotland, in Europe they do not command the same prestige and have the same attraction as teams like Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid do.
The Scottish Premiership is not the most competitive of domestic leagues and there is not much money in it, which makes it tougher for Celtic to sign the best players.
However, in recent years the Bhoys have recruited good players, such as Virgil van Dijk and Craig Gordon. In any case, signing any player is always a ‘gamble’.
Celtic are currently at the top of the Scottish Premiership table with 69 points from 29 matches, seven points clear of second-placed Aberdeen with a game in hand.