Charlie Nicholas criticises Celtic signing of Patrick Roberts, questions recruitment strategy

The teenager is on an 18-month loan deal from Manchester

Celtic yesterday announced that Ronny Deila was stepping down as manager of the club at the end of the current campaign.

The Norwegian has struggled to win over the Celtic fans in his time at the club and it seems the club has gone backwards under his management.

Big names have left the club and the club’s signings have not been very successful – especially in the attacking department.

Rangers beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final last weekend and the gap between the two teams has narrowed significantly more than would have been expected.

As far as former Celtic star Charlie Nicholas is concerned it is not good enough. Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ yesterday (21/04/2016) he made it clear that the recruitment has not been good enough at Celtic, using Manchester City loanee Patrick Roberts as a prime example:

“They have to rebuild. They’re probably needing five or six players.

“But they spent £6m on two centre-backs, why not go for attacking forwards and wingers?

“They end up going for Patrick Roberts, £15m player, whizz-kid, he’s on loan from Man City. Where’s your own? Where’s your own Celtic players?

“Where’s the investment for the players that excite the fans? That bring the 52,000 season tickets back. It’s not been there.”

Roberts is a fine young player but not one for the long-term at Celtic, which is clearly the point that Nicholas was trying to make.

Celtic need to bring in the exciting players they used to once again – a Henrik Larsson, a John Hartson, a Chris Sutton – to win over the fans.

At the moment that seems a way off, but hopefully a change in management can have an impact on how Celtic do their business.

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