Former Celtic defender explains why spending big on English players would be a mistake
By Coral Barry
Tom Boyd thinks Celtic should stay away from “entertainment” buys from England and focus on unearthing gems from smaller clubs.
The former Hoops defender admitted capturing Brendan Rodgers as manager is a huge boost for the club, but is concerned with all the talk about a summer of big spending at the club.
Boyd believes Scottish clubs have too often been duped in the past with so-called big names from south of the border and urged Rodgers to continue to look at bringing in inexpensive players with bags of potential.
“I think the thinking has been to live within our means,” said Boyd speaking to the Herald Scotland.
“But when you look at the strategy of getting in a high profile manager – it’s certainly paid off in terms of winning the fans back.
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“They have done the right thing by changing direction and it should be applauded.
“We can’t get someone from the top level of English football or world football so we’re still trying to bring in names for entertainment.
“The best players at this club can be ones that are found – I’m thinking of your Henrik Larssons and Lubo Moravciks. Seriously, some of the highest profile players have not been as successful as we’d have hoped so it’s trying to get the strategy right.
“Big money spent on players has not always worked out so we’ll see how it pans out.”
Henrik Larsson arrived from Feyenoord in 1997 for just £650,000 and went on to score 174 goals in 221 appearances for Celtic, before spending two years at Barcelona.
Celtic have yet to make their first move in the transfer market, but have been continuously linked with various English league players including Liverpool’s Andre Wisdom and free agents Danny Graham and Steven Taylor.
Rodgers is expected to make adjustments to his squad as he attempts to transform the Celtic side into a team capable of qualifying for the Champions League, something the club has not been able to do for two seasons running.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops have decided against offering their striker a new deal.