Celtic assistant manager John Collins believes that the Scottish club will never again sign a top player from the English Premier League.
The ex-Monaco and Everton player believes they can no longer attract the standard of player former manager Martin O’Neill was able to back in the early 2000s because the club can no longer compete with the wages of England’s top division. He told the Daily Record:
“Martin O’Neill was signing English Premier League players, but Celtic will never be able to sign an English Premier League player. It’s disappointing, but the word is reality.
“It’s the financial reality and a lot of people forget that we have restraints on salary and fees. They can’t compete on salaries. That’s a fact.”
Manager Ronny Deila recently told the Daily Telegraph that the reason for Celtic’s large squad was because they have had to take too many gambles in the transfer market due to the lack of quality the Glasgow giants are able to buy with the transfer budget and wage restrictions at their disposal.
Both Deila and Collins will depart the Hoops at the end of the season after winning two consecutive league titles, but having failed to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League in the last two campaigns.