“Jota will find the standard in Saudi Arabia really poor,” warns Harald Brattbakk

Harald Brattbakk: Yang Hyun-ju is wrong for Celtic ‘stepping stone’ quotes, Celtic and Rangers would struggle in the Premier League, Jota will find the standard in Saudi Arabia really poor…

Harald Brattbakk – Celtic V Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 July 1998. Photo  Mary Evans Allstar Michael Mayhew

Yang Hyun-ju is wrong for Celtic ‘stepping stone’ quotes

“This is a classic example of perhaps not having the right people around you; I understand what he thinks, but sometimes what you think is not what you should be saying. The supporters are the ones who come to see you every week, it’s wise to leave things unsaid,” said the former Celtic striker Harald Brattbakk.

“If he wants to use Celtic as a stepping stone, then that’s fine, but you don’t need to say that. He just needs to show everyone his mind is with Celtic. Clubs like Celtic need to be getting these players when they are young and full of potential, because it is a smart business model to take. For the player, the motivation is to play as high as possible and the clubs should look at player development as a business case,” the Norwegian added.

“Celtic should look at every young player as a business case and the players should have good enough advisors to tell them what to say at the right times. I just hope Brendan can put a good team together and do well in Europe, because that is the way they can keep producing strong players and be financially viable.

Celtic and theRangers would have a hard time competing in the Premier League

“They would have a really hard time competing with the Top Six teams in the Premier League. It would give them much more financial muscle to utilise in the league however, they should still continue to prioritise developing young talent for high profits as that would make them more likely to compete.

“Scottish football would not allow it, so there is no chance this is even remotely possible. As long as they can compete well against European clubs on a consistent basis in the Champions League, then any talk of the Premier League is just premature,” Brattbakk believes.

Jota will find the standard in Saudi Arabia really poor

“I don’t mind players who are honest and are going to Saudi just for the money, the influx of Saudi money has definitely done something to European football. A lot of good players have moved to Saudi, but some of the teams that are playing there are still really poor. If they came to the Premier League, they would get absolutely battered,” Brattbakk argued. 

“The quality is still much better in Europe. Saudi Arabia is still entitled to pay large sums for these players, but if you are in your early 20’s and you want to have a career, playing your best footballing years in Saudi will mean that you are not interesting enough for European clubs by the time your peak years are arriving.

‘Until we get that shift in quality in Saudi Arabia, it will always be more beneficial for players to stay in Europe. We can have this discussion in a year because there has been a definite change in the dynamics of European football because of Saudi Arabia,” Brattbakk added. 

Scoring twice against Celtic didn’t hurt – I didn’t have a point to prove

Harold Brattbakk former Celtic striker who is handing over the trophy today with Celtic manager Ronny Deila and Scott Brown at the Scottish Premiership Match between Celtic and Inverness Caley Thistle at Celtic Park on May 24, 2015. (Photo by Jeff Holmes/Getty Images)

“I’ve been scoring against former sides for a long time; I scored against Celtic of course, I scored against Copenhagen and I scored against Rosenborg. I’ve never seen it as a point to prove, but I can understand players who don’t want to celebrate too much if you score against a team who you played for after many years.

“I always thought players should celebrate when they score, so I had nothing to prove during my career and I think I made the most out of the opportunities that were afforded to me,” the former Celtic striker said.

Harrald Brattbakk speaking to BoyleSports who offer the latest football odds – using a link to

Rather than show his goals AGAINST Celtic, here are most of his goals FOR Celtic. Much more enjoyable to watch…

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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