Written by James Byrne
There has been an ongoing debate on how Scottish champions Celtic would cope moving to the league down south. This is my personal opinion on why I feel over a couple of years Celtic could become a dominant force in England.
Firstly, you need to talk about the fans. Celtic Park has a reputation of being one of the most atmospheric stadiums not just in the UK but the world. With world renowned figures such as Iniesta saying “The Celtic fans are very special and the club and the players can be very proud of them. They are the best I have ever heard.” Or the special one Jose Mourhino talking about them after his Porto team beat Celtic in the Europa league final in 2004. “I fell a bit in love with Celtic because the atmosphere was amazing and the crowd was magnificent.” And countless others. But the reason why this is important is that players would want to play for Celtic due to their fans. And then you argue that what don’t they join now? Well sadly it is due to Celtic playing in a “tin-pot league” according to almost every Englishman. Which is sadly true, especially when the other side of Glasgow went bust. And the appearance of the new Rangers (Sevco) hardly being a threat to the men in Green and white.
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Secondly money plays a huge factor. Celtic haven’t broken their transfer record since signing soon to be legend Chris Sutton from Chelsea, back in 2000 for a fee of just 6 million. Although the other way round Celtic have done very good business on making profit. Numerous examples, such as the best centre half in the premier at the moment Virgil Van Dijk who was bought from Gronigen for around £2.6 million but the later sold to his current team Southampton for 13 million. Or in my opinion Celtics biggest bargain since singing Henrik Larsson for 650k was the holding midfielder Victor Wanyama who signed for just 900k from Belgian outfit Beerschot AC and then later sold for 12.5 million, to yet again Southampton.
This proves Celtic have more than the ability to prove they can develop young mediocre players and make them into some of the world’s best. Currently you get more by finishing dead last in the premier league than winning the Scottish League (not including TV money… but that story is for another time)
They have also proved themselves against English premier clubs over the last couple of seasons. Most recently against Manchester city in the Champions league this season after drawing 3-3 in an extremely entertaining game (Celtic going in front 3 times) at Celtic Park. And Manchester City gaining a very lucky point against Celtic at the Etihad.
So the bhoys have almost the perfect ingredients to perform at the highest level. Success wouldn’t come straight away but if they are able to gain a comfortable position in the league for their first couple of seasons and continue to bring in the money, we could expect to see Celtic challenging not only for European places but maybe even the title.
Do you agree with this? Would Celtic make their mark in England? Let us know in the comments below!
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