Like it or not, Celtic face a big problem in the transfer market

The Bhoys are being let down by those around them.

When John Guidetti spoke of a lack of 'big games' in the Scottish Premiership, Celtic fans were unimpressed.

The 23-year-old's comments, to all intents and purposes, looked like a cop out. Guidetti couldn't cut the mustard at Parkhead and so decided to pretend it was the other way round. That's how some supporters saw it.

When Virgil van Dijk recently made similar comments about the state of Scottish football, however, things were a little different.

Dutchman Van Dijk has been a loyal servant to Celtic and, despite appearing to be doing everything he can to earn a move this summer, has proved himself with the Bhoys.

And, whether it's Guidetti, Van Dijk, Fraster Forster, Victor Wanyama, Gary Hooper or anyone else, the theme remains consistent: the lack of competition in Scotland is coming back to haunt Celtic.

Indeed, when it comes to competition at Parkhead, players can look forward to - in a realistic best-case scenario - six games of Champions League football a season. Does that make up for what is increasingly being seen as a weak league?

Player comments in recent weeks would suggest not. And that's the biggest problem Celtic are facing and will continue to face in the transfer market.

In essence, the Scottish champions are paying a dear price for the lack of quality that surrounds them. It isn't really their fault and it doesn't really seem fair. But that's the harsh reality of the situation.

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