Albert Einstein once defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
If we all agree on that premise then the Celtic board have to be diagnosed as completely and utterly insane. Let me explain – for the past few season’s there has been a wait and see attitude towards bringing in new faces to help Celtic qualify for the Champions League. The board refusing to put any big outlay into the team until qualification is all but secured. This might seem prudent to the most cautious of fans but if the last two seasons tell you anything, doing just that has caused to painful exits before the tournament has really begun.
The renewed optimism of a Brendan Rodgers appointment was the catalyst behind so many fans buying into this years season ticket intake, many speculating that Rodgers would not come unless he had some sort of money to spend. However, it seems he is shackled by the same chains as Ronny Deila was although the Irishman seems more equipped to handle it.
This does leave us in a sticky situation, Celtic have brought in Dembele and Toure both in on a free thus far. You can also add Ajer to their list of recruits even though he was signed up in January. While these signings look like they will be astute pieces of business it’s very telling that the purse strings are still pulled very tightly until the board know what competition we will be competing in. The lack of quality in the side is telling.
Celtic go into Wednesday’s game against Astana with a vital away goal and hope to reach the play-off round of the Champions League if they can finish the tie off at home. If the team manage to do so then you would have to figure the board will start to get serious with the play-off looming. Failure to do so could be catastrophic and on the flip side of it, if we weren’t to win on Wednesday night the inquest into lack of investment would be painful.
There is a trust that Brendan Rodgers can help the players negotiate their way through the achieve a Champions League windfall and a real belief amongst the fans that this is very possible. The last two seasons have shown it isn’t smooth sailing and if we do get past Astana, it’s certainly time to call in reinforcements.
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