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Celtic board issued transfers note of caution as 'nonsense' suggestion batted away

The Celtic board have been urged to make sure they stay sensible when backing manager Brendan Rodgers this summer.

One major criticism of the powers that be at Parkhead has been a perceived lack of spending big in the transfer market with supporters feeling the millions in the bank could have been used to strengthen even further to dominate Scottish football even more and make a mark in Europe.

Recruitment in the last two windows has come under fire with a belief that 'project players' have been signed rather than ones ready-made for the first team, although January turned out to be a bit better than first thought with Adam Idah making a big impact and Nicolas Kuhn to a lesser degree.

It's thought the board must back the manager with funds this summer club's former general manager Jock Brown has issued a note of caution.

"I was the guy who was trying to buy players and bring players into Celtic and I know how difficult that is, what's involved in that and the complications that are involved in it all," Brown told the Herald. "People talk about backing [managers], and say 'just give him the money'. That's just utter nonsense.

"You have to think about the long term welfare and good of the club. That doesn't just mean give them what they want. When I was there at Celtic, people spoke about wages and said things like: 'Just give him what he wants'. I remember being in the situation by being very sticky about money, as I was.

"When you're dealing with someone else's money, you need to be sticky and difficult with it, and try to curb it and control it. And I remember when I was at Celtic and we were recruiting heavily at that time, I remember saving on certain deals which brought in Paul Lambert.

"It's very simple to say to these things: 'OK, what do you want? OK, there you go.' You can't do that if you're going to be sensible, and it means you're going to get another player in, or another two players in that might make a big difference to the squad."