The Maestro, King of Kings and Jota’s Al-Ittihad multi-millions

Football has changed beyond recognition in the past 20 years, it’s time folk realised that. The recent Saudi Arabian football revolution has been a major talking point the past month or so. Players have been moving from much more ‘fashionable’ leagues to settle in the mega-wealthy Gulf State.

Of course the ridiculous amounts of money the players can earn is alway the deal clincher. The salaries on offer are mind boggling and it shouldn’t come as a shock that players have no hesitation in upping sticks to the Arabian Peninsula.

We have found that out last night with the sale of our Portuguese superstar Jota. The winger has just signed an eye watering £190k a week three year deal with Saudi club Al-Ittihad in a transfer that also seen Celtic bank a whopping £25 million pus add-ons.

The majority of supporters understand Jota’s decision, but there is still that element who accuse him of showing a lack of loyalty and ambition, a mercenary in the words of some.

Such criticism is unfair and unwarranted. As already stated, football has changed beyond recognition in the last twenty year’s financially speaking, the sums of money on offer is frightening and clubs such as ourselves can’t compete, not in a million years.

You can’t blame players for being tempted by such sums, would you change jobs for twenty times your salary? Of course you would, without hesitation. Those who say otherwise are kidding themselves on.

Swedish coach and former football player Henrik Larsson arrives to attend the draw for the UEFA Europa League football group stage 2017/18 on August 25, 2017 in Monaco. Photo VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images

We’ve had plenty of players in our illustrious history who have been loyal and stayed at the club despite better prospects elsewhere. For example the King of King’s himself Henrik Larsson, who stayed at the club for a significant seven year period when he could have earned more money elsewhere, but not as a substantial amount as there is today. And before him there was Paul McStay, who could have played for any of the top clubs across Europe but decided to remain at Celtic through thick and thin, even in that awful period in the first half of the 1990s.


Players like The Kings of Kings and The Maestro  were rightly lauded for their loyalty, but it would be a different story for such players in the modern game. It’s a totally different ball game and the only king now is money.

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An ordinary everyday Celtic supporters hailing and still residing in Govan in the shadows of the enemy. I’m a season ticket holder. I Witnessed my first Celtic game in 1988 and have attended when I can ever since. Growing up in the 90s I witnessed Celtic at their lowest, and now appreciate the historic success we enjoy today. I enjoy writing about this wonderful football club and hopefully will continue to do so. I’ve always been a keen writer and initially started this a hobby. My ambition is to one day become as good an author as my fellow Celtic Star colleagues.

1 Comment

  1. Jim O'Rourke on

    Thats fine but don’t kiss the badge, pledge undying love for the club just be honest and if you play giving maximum effort we will still love you