By James Black
BBC pundit Tam McManus has suggested that Celtic should have their annual spending capped.
PSG recently doubled the world transfer record to snatch Neymar from Barcelona – paying £198million for the Brazilian attacker and understandably financial fair play has again been a topic of discussion.
The Hoops spend much more than their domestic rivals but are dwarfed by European giants like PSG, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Chelsea in spending power.
McManus was responding to comments from Brendan Rodgers over the disparity between Paris Saint-Germain and Celtic after the sides met in the Champions League, to which he questioned the Hoops’ spending compared to the rest of the Premiership and hinted a drastic measure may be needed.
“Should there be a cap on Celtic’s spending domestically to allow other clubs to compete? 30k a week/1k SPFL. 300k/30k in Champions League?” McManus said on his personal Twitter account – quoting Rodgers’ original comments.
Brendan Rodgers: UEFA must compel the Champions League's top clubs to obey financial rules https://t.co/wcpUS7TwKG
— HeraldScotland (@heraldscotland) September 16, 2017
Celtic currently spend around £30million per year on wages which is more than treble that of Rangers and much, much more than other Premiership sides.
Former Hibs striker McManus also had spells with Falkirk, Dundee and MLS side Colorado Rapids in a career spanning almost 20 years.
Rodgers had questioned if UEFA would do anything to enforce it’s own FFP rules.
“Time will tell what UEFA do, but the starting point is having a sanction or ruling in place that clubs actually abide by,” Rodgers said as quoted by the Herald.
“What’s interesting for me is that teams used to have, say, one or two top players. But look at that Paris Saint-Germain team. They’ve got top, top players all across the pitch, Verratti, Motta, Silva, a Brazilian captain.
“You look at Draxler. He is probably the best German player and he’s on the bench.”
Celtic’s biggest signing this summer was Olivier Ntcham for £4.5million while in addition to the record-breaking Neymar fee, PSG committed to spend £166million on wonderkid Kylian Mbabbe.
In other Celtic news, this 25-year-old has revealed he has held crunch talks with the club about his future.