There’s been a sour mood amongst the Celtic fans here in the Transfer Tavern of late, ever since the Bhoys lost 0-3 away to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. While there’s no real shame in losing to the German champions, the manner in which they saw their European momentum halted is seriously annoying.
Indeed, as if the mood amongst our punters clad in green and white couldn’t get any worse, comments made by former Parkhead star Charlie Nicholas have further annoyed our resident Hoops. With quotes sourced by the Glasgow Evening Times, the Sky Sports pundit hinted top brass in Paradise could struggle to keep a hold of manager, Brendan Rodgers.
The former Liverpool coach has been rebuilding his reputation with his boyhood heroes since leaving Anfield and is yet to lose a domestic game in charge of the SPFL champions. However, Nicholas – who played for Celtic in two spells – suggested the board need to back him in an effort to stop him getting ‘bored’.
“Celtic have always gone on the cheap route,” he said.
“I used to be quite hard on Celtic at this level because it is the true judgement, for me. It’s not domestically because they’re far too good for everybody.
“Can they get to that top level? You can if you build the right way.
“But I don’t know if Brendan will stick around long enough to build the right way because he will eventually get bored of the domestic scene.
“If they don’t give him extra money – and I’m not talking about consistently spending about £7million or £8million on players because they can’t go any higher than that. But to maybe break the barrier for wages on one or two.”
Keeping Rodgers for years may be a fairly unrealistic notion for Celtic. Indeed, Premier League interest is sure to rise as he continues to rebuild his reputation, though giving him money to spend would certainly increase the chances of keeping him.