Celtic On Red Alert As Beale Steps Up His Spending Spree: An Exclusive By Keith Jackass.
Celtic fans were sweating scared last night as Michael Beale’s spending spree hit high gear with three players now expected to sign for the club in the next few weeks as the plan for next season starts to take shape.
The imminent unveilings of Jack Butland and Kieran Dowell had fans across the city scared enough, but the news that they look likely to be joined by Dujon Sterling will have Celtic fans lying awake at night wondering if their dominance is about to end.
In contrast, although Celtic are linked with several players so far in this window, none of the deals are progressing as much as those at Ibrox. The Ibrox club is clearly already miles ahead in its preparations for the next campaign.
An Ibrox insider told this writer, “We are fully confident of winning the title next season with the team we are constructing. Celtic won this one because of a combination of luck, spending money, refereeing assistance and a compliant media, but with this manager, who knows the English free transfer market, we’ll win the next one at a walk.”
Whilst Celtic focusses on the failed Japanese market, Michael Beale is turning to the one that produced for Ibrox before with players such as Kent, Flanagan, Windass, Waghorn, Rossiter, Barton, Hill and Garner.
With this type of track record it’s clearly a market worth returning to over and over again, and Beale knows it like the back of his hand.
A Celtic insider, who goes by the name Lawman, spoke to me yesterday and could not contain his frustration at Ibrox stealing a march on his club.
“I cannot believe that we’re not tapping into this market full of excellent players which no other team wants,” he said. “Instead we have a manager who is spending millions at a time to win titles when we could be assembling a squad for next to nothing. A lot has changed since I was the CEO around here …”
The Celtic management team does not seem to believe that it needs too many players in order to stay in front.
All of their reported targets are expensive, but with only a handful coming in they must fear they will be left behind by Beale’s tide of signings.
Ange Postecoglou was happy to speak to me for once. “Why should I be worried, mate?” he asked. “We’re tweaking a title winning team with proper funds. He’s rebuilding a second place team with loose change and freebies. It won’t be long before you and your paper are covering another change of manager over there. You know, if I get lucky …”