Former Celtic skipper Tom Boyd believes that the chance of playing in the Champions League is the biggest factor in persuading players they should join the Scottish champions.
Even though the Hoops only recently smashed their record transfer fee to sign Odsonne Edouard, Boyd reckons that that the Bhoys won’t be done when it comes to bringing new players to the club.
“The key things you want to consider is if you will come and play for the manager and if you will come and play in the Champions League and that is the attraction that you have at Celtic” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
Boyd did however admit that the Hoops cannot cope with the money offered by clubs in England for players.
“You need to pay a good bit of money to get experienced players and that is a difficult one.”
Football Insider verdict
As Tom Boyd states, the days of signing experienced players look to be in the past for the Hoops. Nowadays the focus seems to be on players either at the start of their career – like Moussa Dembele or Odsonne Edouard – or players coming to the end of their career – like Kolo Toure. The players that are in the prime of their career will probably not want to come to Scotland, as the money and football on offer won’t match other offers a player will get. Boyd also mentions how important the Champions League is, and it is going to dominate the Hoops agenda for the next few months. It will be key to the quality of player that the Hoops are able to bring to the club, after all, Edouard wasn’t initially signed on loan last season until the Hoops reached the group stages. There is no doubt that the Hoops will sign more players this summer, but how good they are will be determined by which European competition the Bhoys play in next season.
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