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The Europa League tweet that shows Celtic were short changed in January transfer deal

Now look, before we get started, I’m not saying Josip Juranovic was a World class defender by any manner of means.

The Croatian had a great World Cup and helped his country to third spot in the tournament. Add that to a stunning performance against Brazil, Juranovic really put himself in the shop window with his performances.

Many said he only really performed in the Brazil game and the £10m Celtic will eventually receive is about right for the player.

OK, but since his arrival at Union Berlin, he has helped keep the club on the coat tails of Bayern Munich in the race for the title and also helped Union Berlin keep in with a chance of reaching the Europa Leage last 16.

Still not convinced we should have got more than £10m for him?

Then take a look at this tweet from UEFA which reminds us that he is also a dead ball expert:

I wouldn’t go as far as saying we were robbed by selling him for £10m but we should have pushed for, and got, more than the original fee.

“Not so world beating team” – Hungarian media bitter in defeat

As Celtic enjoy the adulation of the fans after an impressive 2-0 win over Ferencvaros in the Europa League, the Scottish media, in some parts, have given the Hoops decent praise as the Parkhead side keep their European dream alive.

But the Hungarian media were not to complimentary for their domestic champions as they succumbed to constant pressure from the Hoops.

And strangely, one Hungarian media site, Mandiner, took the defeat particularly hard and were less than complimentary about the dominant Glasgow side in their match report.

Harking back to last seasons win at Celtic Park in the Champions League, the media side said of last nights match, “Last year in the Champions League Ferencvaros defeated Celtic in the qualifiers.

As we get used to in modern football today, both teams have been replaced in a year. The Scots are better.”

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“In the last quarter of an hour, Ferencvaros completely disintegrated, and the not-so-world-beating Celtic could do with them what they wanted.

It is clear the Budapest team cannot last more than 60 minutes at this level. Neither physically nor in concentration.

“Celtic is a much weaker team than the other two members of the group (as evidenced in the previous two rounds), but Ferencvaros had no chance against them either. 

You can almost taste the bitterness in this article and you just wonder how the backlash will look after Celtic go to Budapest and take another three points back to Glasgow with them.

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“They Probably Just Can’t Afford To Get Through The Season Without Champions League Money” – Incredible Admission From Former Ger

There was a lot riding on *Rangers getting through their tie with Malmo last night. Guaranteed £14m for qualifying for the Champions League before we even talk about gate receipts, merchandising etc etc etc…..

Of course, I am well aware that they had to then negotiate another qualifying round before they reached that stage, but if you were listening to the media all week, not only was last night a foregone conclusion, Zardok the Priest was already on the stadium announcers Spotify playlist.

Alas it wasn’t to be and instead of rolling in the Champions League money, *Rangers find themselves rolling in the sh*t as the enormity of last nights result sinks in.

On BBC Sportsound, former *Rangers player Richard Foster, warned that there could be financial and first team repercussions following the collapse to Malmo, “But this result is more than about just the team.

“I think this is going to have huge financial implications at Rangers. We constantly hear how much in debt they are and how much it’s costing per season.

“They need to sell players and the players that are going to need to sell. The biggest assets, Kent, Morelos, but then that can change dramatically.

“But the financial implications are huge, and we could, I would imagine there’s going to be a fair bit of movement going on behind the scenes at Rangers because they just can’t afford to get through the season without that Champions League money.”

Now, many of their fans will say that they have not debt and that the board have invested into the club/company but here is the key word. Invest.

People at the club WILL be expecting a return on that investment. Do *Rangers fans REALLY believe that the people at the top are just handing them cash because they are “Rangers men”?

That kind of thinking caused the first club to die, SURELY to goodness they are not daft enough to let this new club die as well?