The striker, who played for Celtic and West Ham, said: “There are pressures you don’t face at clubs such as West Ham or Southampton that you have to contend with every day at Celtic – and not every player is mentally strong enough to handle it. The expectation to win every single game you play is limited to very few clubs in the world and Celtic are one of them.”
McAvennie was speaking following the sale of Virgil van Dijk to Southampton, who left Celtic towards the end of the transfer window.
Van Dijk criticised the level of football in Scotland following his move to the Premier League, but in reality, the spell with Celtic could prove to be vital to any success he has in his career.
He won various pieces of silverware with the Bhoys, and this winning mentality is only something he could have picked up with Celtic, a club where you are expected to win every game.
This development for his character sets the centre-back up perfectly for his career, and it will build a mental resilience that will stay with him, especially whilst with Southampton, where he will likely be on the receiving end of more defeats than victories.
McAvennie also references West Ham, a club he played for during his career, who possess a fairly similar reputation to Southampton right now.
Both sides are pushing for European football, and are not expected to win every game they play, highlighting the difference in pressure between what players must face between most clubs, and with Celtic.