Despite their regular Champions League appearances and masses of titles in their trophy cabinet, those south of the border rarely consider Celtic as a big club.
The argument is that they are playing in a second-rate league where there is little competition to the quality that they possess, and based on the last couple of seasons, the doubters may have a point.
The Hoops are not seriously challenged by their Scottish counterparts and it is only in Europe where their displays truly matter, often finding themselves on the end of a hiding from a continental giant.
The fans undoubtedly want to see their side push on in both the Champions League and Europa League, but doing so means both keeping their best players – something they have struggled with over the years – or bringing in new talent.
Improving their European displays might help keep their top stars, instead of having them poached by the likes of Southampton – and it looks as though the curse of the Saints could strike again.
The BBC claim that the south coast side are keen on taking Tom Rogic to England this summer after his eight goals and eight assists in 37 appearances for the Bhoys, as he enters the final year of his contract at Parkhead.
The news was not taken well by Chris Sutton, the outspoken pundit taking to Twitter to cast an outrageous claim of Southampton being a “downgrade” for the 25-year-old, and questioning why he would move to the Championship if the St Mary’s outfit were to be relegated this season.
Tom Rogic from Celtic to the Championship if Saints go down??? It isn’t go to happen..why on earth would he downgrade?? https://t.co/YK2tESmPUx
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) May 2, 2018
The very simple answer is money, and Sutton is living in a dreamland if he thinks that Rogic would not be tempted.
English clubs, even in the second tier, can offer significantly more in wages than the Hoops and while Southampton could go down to the Championship, they certainly look to have enough to bounce straight back.
Sutton might just be defending Celtic and the integrity of Scottish football, but he is fooling no one with his sensational suggestion.
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