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Provan: Celtic board’s big test is coming

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Davie Provan believes that Brendan Rodgers will make the Celtic board deliver on every promise.

Twelve months ago it would have been unthinkable for a top manager with recent top end Premier League experience to show interest in Celtic.

As Provan says Rodgers has sent a 30,000 volts through the club with every aspect transformed- especially in the dressing room.

Stuart Armstrong, Tom Rogic and James Forrest are the most obvious examples of the Rodgers effect with a £30m Champions League windfall heading into the club coffers.

During the summer Rodgers virtually balanced the books in terms of transfer fees although the wages of Kolo Toure, Scott Sinclair and Moussa Dembele will be substantial.

With the January transfer window about to open up Rodgers is keen to continue with his team building plans before the summer when he gets his side ready for another bout of Champions League qualifiers.

The ambition that saw them land Rodgers in the first place has to be reflected in the playing squad,” Provan stated in The Sun. “Peter Lawwell’s mantra that “every penny is reinvested in the club” is about to be tested.

On top of a £30m Champions League bounty, Celtic Park is selling out again. Throw in the prize money from a potential Treble and Celtic should be flush for cash.

There can be no excuse for selling their best players next summer. If that means ramping up Moussa Dembele’s wages to keep him, do it. Ambition usually has a price.

The alternative is to tie Rodgers’ hands and he won’t have that. He’s managing his boyhood club, but sentiment won’t keep him in Glasgow. Hard cash and better players will be required.

Nobody should be fooled by the Northern Irishman’s demeanour. He’s not in Glasgow to have his reputation damaged. At just 43 he’s never hidden the fact he sees himself back in England at some point. In the meantime, he’s put 30,000 volts through a club that was going nowhere under the wrong coach and a complacent board.

Rodgers has done enough to suggest he can make Celts an established Champions League club. If he’s allowed a proper budget supporters have much to look forward to. Anything else would be a betrayal.”

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