Former Celtic favourite criticises club ahead of Old Firm clash

Former Celtic wing back Dider Agathe has criticised the club for the lack of investment in players since Rangers were relegated to the bottom tier of Scottish football.

Agathe, who played over 100 times for the Scottish club from 2000 to 2006 winning four league titles and reaching the Uefa Cup final in 2003 during his spell at the club, believes Celtic could have ensured their place at the top of the Scottish Premiership for many years to come if they had spent more money.

Talking to The Herald, he said: “They should be bigger and stronger than they ever were.

“They had a chance to make themselves the biggest club in Scotland for a long time, but instead they have tried to not spend so much and you can see what the difference is. They should be out of sight from everyone else by now.

“If they had spent money they knew that they would have a chance of European football every season and with quality players you can make a mark there. Instead, over the last few years the quality has not been there to do that.”

Celtic are five points clear at the top of the table with six games to go but Agathe believes it would be a “disaster” if they didn’t win the league this season.

“It would be a disaster if they do not win the league this season for everyone – but they should never be in this position,” he continued.

“I love Celtic. I am a Celtic fan, I loved playing with the club and being a Celtic player so I always want them to be successful and to win. But these last few years should have made them bigger, much bigger, than any other club in the country.

“You have to ask the question – can you expect to have a successful and winning team at the top level if you do not spend money?”

Celtic face Motherwell in the league at Fir Park in a lunchtime kick off tomorrow before facing their Old Firm rivals in the Scottish Cup Semi Final a week Sunday.