Former Celtic striker Craig Beattie has proven last night on Superscoreboard that his punditry skills are on a par with his striking skills. Read into that what you want.
The retired pro took his seat on the panel for Wednesday night’s show on Clyde One and some Celtic fans couldn’t believe what they were hearing from Craig.
Speaking about Ryan Kent signing for Steven Gerrard, Beattie claimed Kent had a better season than Odsonne Edouard in his first season with Celtic when the bhoys would go on to pay £9m for Eddy. The point Beattie was trying to make is Kent was not a gamble for the Ibrox club.
“It’s definitely not a gamble [signing Kent for a high fee],” Beattie told Superscoreboard, as cited by HITC. “I’ll draw an analogy to Brendan Rodgers bringing Eduoard on loan [last season] with the £9 million loan fee if he was happy with him.
“Kent did a lot better than Edouard did during his loan season. And I think that’s the reason it’s not a gamble. And I also think that was the reason they were able to push through the £7 million on the last day of the window.”
Eddy played fewer games than Kent and scored more goals in all competitions. The striker scored the winner at Ibrox in a 3-2 game which virtually sealed the league title. Kent scored against Celtic at Parkhead and was still on the losing side.
Most importantly, Celtic were able to comfortably afford £9m for the player without batting an eyelid. To claim there was parity in the loan moves would have been bad enough but to say ‘a lot’ better is crazy.
Kent was a standout in a pretty poor Gers team and he lashed out at Scott Brown ensuring he gets a plaque at Ibrox. Well done mate.