Chris Sutton has been left impressed with Celtic’s early work in the transfer window, believing they have shown up a critical error made by Rangers last summer.
The Bhoys have signed up Ben Siegrist, Alexandro Bernabei, Cameron Carter-Vickers and Jota over the last month or so.
It’s been significant financial investment from the board into Ange Postecoglou’s squad and more players are thought to be on the way before the end of August.
For Sutton, Celtic are doing something that Rangers didn’t last summer and now reaping the rewards.
Writing in his Daily Record column over the weekend, the former Bhoys striker said: “Celtic have made a £17 million statement. On the back of last season’s title win, I felt it was imperative that the club built from a position of strength. Don’t sit still. Don’t rest on laurels. Full marks to them so far. They have blasted out of the transfer blocks with impressive investment.
“It’s sometimes easy in the footballing world just to toss figures around. But to have outlaid that amount of cash by the first Saturday in July means the two key departments of Celtic are working excellently. The footballing department with Ange Postecoglou and his recruitment staff are really on-point here. Identifying areas quickly, and the hierarchy of the club are also doing their bit to support their boss. Taking his visions and funding them.”
Sutton then went on to directly compare Celtic’s swift action this year to Rangers’ inaction last year.
The outspoken pundit said: “Rangers took criticism in some quarters for not strengthening when in pole position 12 months and they are paying the price for that now with no Premiership trophy in the cupboard and not having guaranteed Champions League to bank on with qualifiers to negotiate.
“Postecoglou and Celtic earned the right to have that upper hand and you have to say, that at this point, they are doing all the right things to make it count. The manager said at the end of the season that Celtic would be back this bigger and better because they never stop.”
Ultimately Celtic can only control what they do, not Rangers, but it is nice to see us go out and immediately get started on our goals for the summer window without any hitches.
We’ve certainly been the busiest and boldest team in the country so far – Postecoglou is truly getting the players he wants in the door at a rate quicker than we’ve ever seen at the Bhoys.
Sutton, at the end of his column, reminds us the window can only really be judged once it has shut but, right now, there’s no denying we’re looking strong compared to the opposition.
In other news, Kenny Dalglish challenges Celtic regular to step up “another level” this season.
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