- 4 years of uncontested success and building
- Financially, the 2 clubs are light years apart
- Transfer strategies reflect difference in resources
- Fans expect success, but have Celtic become too strong?
CELTIC’s dominance of the SPL
When Rangers were relegated to the 4th tier of Scottish football, many critics wondered how their arch rivals would survive. The SPL’s future was even in jeopardy according to some. Liquidation was a bitter pill for Rangers fans to swallow. Fast forward 4 years and Rangers, once again find themselves in the top tier of Scottish football. Unfortunately for their fans, they may still be playing catch up for years to come.
While Rangers were playing games at Brechin and Alloa, Celtic were sauntering to the title. Even though their manager, Ronny Deila, proved to be a mediocre boss, their domestic dominance was never truly challenged. Will that change with the return of Rangers? Judging by Celtic’s demolition job last weekend, the answer seems to be an unambiguous no.
Brendan Rodgers has enjoyed a wonderful honeymoon period in the Parkhead hot seat. Qualification for the Champions League was their main priority (like every year) and this was duly achieved. Celtic will now bank millions more from their European journey. Meanwhile, across Glasgow, there are rumours circulating that Rangers are once again close to the financial abyss.
The transfer dealings of both clubs during the summer window highlighted the financial gap. While Celtic were able to pay actual transfer fees, Rangers relied on the signings of free agents. These were primarily players in their 30’s, like Joey Barton and Philip Senderos (Senderos!). The ex-Villa man is well used to conceding 5 goals in a game.
long road ahead?
Fans demand success. If Mark Warburton came and said “realistically we’re about 4-5 years away from really competing with Celtic, so we need to build a young team”, he would probably be fired. However, that may just be the reality of the situation. Even if Rangers can spring the odd surprise, Celtic will simply produce their check book to ensure their near monopoly is not put in to question.