What Is The Reality?
There have been a few people questioning the actual reality around the state of the club re signings and players. Some, indeed many,are saying that we can’t compete with the clubs down south. This is true in many ways-we can’t compete with the wages on offer in the EPL, but we can outwith the EPL.
Lenny said so during the window.
Our CEO is paid more than fourteen of the CEOs in the EPL, so in that sense we sure can compete with the big boys. Not bad for being the CEO of a club in a diddy league! We can compete with virtually every other team in Europe outwith the elite clubs. Signing Jullien kinda proves this- we offered him a package that he couldn’t find elsewhere so he moved to us. As an aside,Pedro managed to bring the lad in very early in the window so he can do it when needs be. IMO that also disproves the theory that players won’t come to Scotland.
Of course there will be some who won’t want to play here but in the main if players see us as a stepping stone to the riches of the EPL,then of course they will come.
Why wouldn’t they,? Celtic have much to offer. European football most seasons and CL football occasionally. Given there are 950 clubs in Europe and less than a hundred can compete in uefa’s competitions Celtic are a very attractive proposition for players.
I genuinely don’t understand where this we can’t compete myth comes from, I honestly can’t. We also waste money like it grows on trees. Take Scott Sinclair for example-we triggered his contract extension for another year in the hope that we could move him on for a few bob. Was this the right thing to do? Our CEO obviously thought it was and we obviously didn’t get the offers we hoped for and SS didn’t get the move he wanted, so he gets to train on his own and is out of the picture. If we can afford to waste 30K+ a week, it puts another spanner in the works of we can’t compete.
Outwith the top six clubs in Spain, Germany, France,Italy,we pay as much as or more than the rest of the clubs in those leagues, so again we can compete. Other leagues like the Belgian, Portuguese, Dutch, Austrian, Swiss and the like? There will be a handful that pay as much as we do but the rest we blow away. The other leagues we pay more than 99%, so again we are competing.
Now granted that there will be players who,given the extra money they will get,will still not want to play in Scotland for reasons like the weather, but in reality that will amount to very few. The standard of the football will be another,but again that will account for very few.
Players and agents obviously talk and they will know the state of the refereeing in Scotland and they will know that playing for us will offer them no protection from the referees and this will account for a few not wanting to play here, but it still leaves many thousands who will come here,and I would wager that virtually any player that is playing in the Balkan leagues would come to Scotland. They have a massive pool of talent in those leagues that we should be looking at,same with the lowers reaches of the elite leagues, like where we got Jullien from.
They are out there and available, so why can’t we attract them, that is the question and one that there will be many many facets to as to why players won’t come here.
One sure fire way of making sure we give ourselves the best chance of attracting players we need is to appoint a DoF as soon as humanly possible and make sure he has the tools and the authority to work as he sees fit without the interference from on high-the on high that agents will know all about due to years of haggling and messing people about. It’s possible that agents will not be slow in telling their players that our club should be avoided-it’s a possibility,you know.
So get that DoF appointed Pedro and allow him to work unhindered. You know it makes sense, you also know that it would make financial sense. What is holding you back from appointing one, cos it can’t be the money as being a very decent accountant you will know that they will make money for the club. Could it be a massive ego? Well,only you can answer that Pedro, but I have a sneaky suspicion that’s what is holding you back from doing the right thing by the club.
The day the powers that be in Scotland ban Orange Walks from the streets will be the day that Scotland starts to heal.
Above article by THEEXILEDTIM. Very gratefully received,as are all your contributions. If any of our readers would like to see their opinion published as Article of the Day,mail it to Mahe. We always publish them.