Chris Sutton says Celtic must risk squad disharmony by making big-money signings if they want success

Chris Sutton - Celtic celebrates his goal for 1-0

Brendan Rodgers is yet to make a single signing since being appointed by the Scottish Premiership side.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has claimed that the Hoops hierarchy need to risk upsetting the squad if they hope to make the kind of big-money signings that can lead the side to glory this season, the Daily Record reports.

Though the Bhoys retained the Scottish Premiership crown last season, they arguably fell short of expectations as they had no success in the cup competitions and fell out of the Champions League before the group stages. 

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers with the Scottish Premiership trophy after the press conference

And Sutton believes that the only way that Celtic can get back to dominating the domestic game, while also making an impression on the European stage, is to risk rocking the boat by going after marquee names - Sutton has told the Record that he understands that a player arriving at Parkhead who is earning more money than the majority of the squad will be under pressure to prove themselves - as they could have the kind of impact that Henrik Larsson had during his time with the club.

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"Henrik got a bit more money and he deserved it," he told the Record.

"None of the boys grudged it because we could see his value every time he stepped on to the park.

"I'm quite certain that the boys in the Celtic dressing room won't grudge seeing a couple of stars coming in beside them regardless of their wage.

"If it makes them better, gets them into the group stage of the Champions League and helps them win a treble, I'd bet they'll be willing to pay for it themselves."

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As Sutton suggests, it is difficult to imagine that the squad will care too much about how much a certain player is earning if he is able to lead the side to plenty of glory.

But if there could be some resentment if the club makes a big-money signing who turns out to be a flop, Brendan Rodgers may feel that he needs to be sure that any marquee players they sign are more than capable of inspiring the side to the kind of greatness that brings the squad together rather than causes any disharmony.

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