Brendan Rodgers’ praise of Celtic‘s recruitment in the past make for interesting reading amid criticism of the club’s spending.
The Hoops manager shared his frustration again last night following his side’s 3-2 aggregate defeat to AEK Athens in the Champions League.
Going into the game last week, Rodgers told of his disappointment that the team hadn’t been suitably strengthened this summer.
And Aston Villa signing John McGinn only added to the frustration Celtic fans then felt at being light on quality going into a huge tie with the Greek champions.
The Scottish Premiership title holders are now out of the Champions League after losing out to a beatable AEK team – and recruitment continues to be debated among fans and pundits.
But should the board be taking so much stick on recruitment this summer? Or should Rodgers be taking his fair share of the blame?
His comments in the aftermath of signing Kouassi Eboue, Jack Hendry and Marvin Compper suggest it isn’t solely the fault of those in charge of signings at the club:
Few good quotes pulled up here by @TheMireCSC2002. Involves Rodgers backing the board after January’s transfer window and quotes on Hendry, Compper and Eboue. Ultimately we are weaker now than in May but manager and scouts have to share the blame. Some awful recruitment. pic.twitter.com/TwbJYs5XC5
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) August 14, 2018
Those three players have really struggled since joining Celtic, with Hendry failing to hit the ground running while both Compper and Eboue have found games difficult to come by.
But is it still the case that Rodgers should have been backed more this summer?