Celtic legend Charlie Nicholas has taken aim at his old club for their tight purse strings in the transfer market as he praised Rangers’ summer business.
The outspoken pundit was speaking as Celtic secured the deadline day loan signing of AC Milan full-back Diego Laxalt and Rangers secured a loan-to-buy deal for South African Bongani Zungu.
Nicholas believes that the Uruguayan full-back would not have been Neil Lennon’s first choice and took aim at the Celtic board for failing to back the Celtic boss in the transfer market.
The former Arsenal striker has described the Celtic hierarchy as “cheap” and has talked up Rangers’ business in the window.
“I said Celtic would go cheap in their pursuit of a left-back,” wrote Nicholas in his column in the Scottish Daily Express [22/09 p.56].
“I knew they wouldn’t spend money on a defender that Neil Lennon has been ever so patient for.
“I don’t think Lennon has been given much of a helping hand, if I am being honest.
“He had to work double time to get anything out of so-called wealthy Celtic. I’d imagine he’ll be pretty annoyed this morning.
“I am sure he will put on a brave face but I don’t think he will have got anything close to what he was looking for.
“Albian Ajeti will get him goals but there are still question marks in other areas of the Celtic team.
“Rangers must be looking at it thinking that they got the better of the deals. Celtic were a stronger side last season.”
Rangers have secured eight summer signings this season, bringing in Jermain Defoe, Jon McLaughlin, Calvin Bassey and Leon Balogun on free transfers.
Midfielder Bongani Zungu joined Rangers on-loan after a prolonged pursuit of the player which stretches back to July.
Celtic have splashed out £15m [Daily Record] to bring Albian Ajeti, Shane Duffy, Moi Elyounoussi, David Turnbull, Vasilis Barkas and Diego Laxalt to the club on a mixture of permanent and loan fees.