Aberdeen boss bemoans Celtic's Sviatchenko transfer

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Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has highlighted the difference in budget between his side at Celtic.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has highlighted the difference in budget between his side and Celtic.

Speaking to SkySports, McInnes explained that Celtic are able to spend the equivalent of Aberdeen's entire transfer budget, just on one player.

He highlighted the deal secured by Ronny Deila's side earlier this week to acquire Danish international centre-back Erik Sviatchenko.

McInnes said: "It's difficult. The reality is that the signing Celtic made this week [Erik Sviatchenko], plus the wages, would equate to my full footballing budget.

"You can't get away from that. But it's not to say that we can't try to be competitive. Us and other teams in the league are all depending on Celtic having a poor campaign just to help us get close to them, but we can't be totally dependent on that."

Aberdeen are being sensible with their funds accordingly, and McInnes says he is biding his time in terms of recruitment, but will not buy for the sake of it.

He told the Evening Express: "We will try to bring in a good player who will help us. If we can’t, then we stay as we are.”

The Dons are Celtic's closest challengers, but are six points behind them. Celtic have a goal difference of +42, compared to Aberdeen's +15.

They are six points clear of Hearts in third place, and are unbeaten in their last nine matches. Last season they kept similar pressure on Celtic into the New Year before falling away, and it is hard to see them really pushing for the title without investment, which sadly they do not appear to have available.

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