Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Celtic seek additions

Tony Mowbray admits the increasing financial strength of English football means he may have to go as far as South America to replenish his Celtic squad.

The Hoops' boss attended his first Parkhead AGM yesterdaywhere he was given a mainly easy ride by the shareholders, who were looking for and given assurances from the board that more money will be spent when the January transfer window opens.

Ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Kilmarnock today, where Celtic can go four points clear over Rangers at the top of the table but only if they win for just the third time in 10 home games since Mowbray took over from Gordon Strachan in the summer, the former West Brom boss explained the thinking behind looking further afield.

“We are actively pursuing all parts of the world at the moment, including South America where some players have European passports,” he said.

“I am trying to expand the scouting system that is in place.

“But I am looking for good footballers wherever they come from and are within the regulations to be able to play in this country.

“Within the last 10 years or so this club took a lot of players from the English Premier League.

“But I think that market is getting further and further away because of monetary reasons.

“It is quite alarming. In year one, that there is a huge gulf in finances is obvious but when you run that into years three, four and five it becomes huge.

“So the market places are elsewhere, Europe, South America and different parts of the world.

“But you don't ever complete your jigsaw, you are always looking to improve.”

On today’s match, Mowbray said: “Hamilton gave us a difficult game last week, Hearts were resolute in midweek and Kilmarnock will prove no different.”

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