Date: 25th February 2018 at 7:12am
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Barcelona legend Xavi has stunningly claimed that Celtic must spent upwards of £17.6million on a player if they want to become serious contenders in European football.

The Bhoys crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday night after a heavy 3-0 defeat to Zenit St Petersburg in Russia.

Former Spain and Barca playmaker Xavi has now suggested that Brendan Rodgers needs to sign some quality players in order to improve Celtic’s European record, but to do that he has staggeringly claimed that the need to absolute decimate a near-two-decade-long transfer record.

“Celtic are a club that I have an affection for,” said the 38-year-old, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“But if they want to compete in the Champions League they must add more proven quality.

“The transfer market has gone crazy over the last 12 months. Neymar changed everything.

“Not many clubs can spend 100, 150, or even 200 million Euros on a player – but 15-20 
million Euros needs to be where any club with ambitions, like Celtic, needs to be spending.”

The Hoops’ biggest ever transfer fee paid was £6million on the signing of Chris Sutton in 2000 with the same amount being spent again on John Hartson a year later.

Since then, the Scottish champions have not really come near to splashing that much cash with the highest amount spent one on player in this decade being the £4.5million purchase of Olivier Ntcham from Manchester City last summer.

Celtic may not be able to spend anywhere near the £17.6million that Xavi is claiming, so for the Spanish legend to come out with quite a claim seems far out.

However Rodgers could always attract the “quality” players that Xavi speaks of by tempting them with pretty much guaranteed silverware and Champions League football every season.

In other Celtic news, Sutton has delivered a brutal putdown to Rangers after the Hoops crashed out of Europe.

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