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Rodgers Wants Celtic to Reinvest Champions League Money into the Squad
Brendan Rodgers wants Celtic to invest much of the £ 30 million that they are set to receive from the Champions League in the squad so as to build for the future.
Rodgers was appointed as the Celtic boss in the summer in order to replace Ronny Deila. His predecessor was largely judged upon the lack of success in European competitions. It is clear that Rodgers will not be judged upon his record in the Premier League, even after the return of Rangers to the top division, and the Champions League is what matters the most for the Scottish outfit.
Celtic did extremely well to recover from the thumping received at the hands of Barcelona and the early stages of the group. They claimed a 3-3 draw against Manchester City in a result that stands out from the crowd. Even though they are likely to miss out on Europa League qualification by finishing bottom of the group, it would seem a successful campaign for the club as they have largely managed to receive the finances from the Champions League group stages.
It is one of the biggest money spinners – even for the top clubs – and Celtic are no different. Rodgers was the club to use the funds received from this competition in order to strengthen their squad.
“If you are qualifying regularly and you are banking the money then you look at it. But we need to have a sensible approach. Hopefully the club sees that I try to bring value in. Hopefully the squad’s value will have increased in the time we have been here and will further increase. We brought in Moussa — and where is he at now? He is a top young player and you wouldn’t like to put a figure on where he is at,” Rodgers.