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Celtic's Possible Ownership Stake Australian Club Could Be A Game Changer

Celtic's Possible Ownership Stake Australian Club Could Be A Game Changer
By Arthur James O'Dea
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Reports in Scotland suggest that Celtic intend to broaden their global presence as they seek an affiliate in Australia's Central Coast Mariners.

It is understood that Celtic are seeking to acquire an ownership stake in the club, the A-League side that Tom Rogic arrived to Glasgow from in 2013.

Following a precedent most famously set in Australia by Manchester City, it is doubtful that such a link between Celtic and CCM would resemble in kind the deal that stands between City and their Melbourne equivalent.

Seeking to gain a foothold in the burgeoning Australian football market nonetheless, the A-League - thanks to a deal with BT Sports - has become more visible in the European market over recent years.


According to the Sydney Morning Heraldthe small financial outlay that Celtic were required to pay for Rogic has inspired the club to investigate the deal further:

Officials from Celtic were in Australia a fortnight ago and spent time on the Central Coast, visiting the Mariners' new Centre of Excellence training centre and attending the club's 2-0 win over Sydney FC on Sunday.

They did not discuss a potential take over ... but sources suggest Celtic have signalled their interest to other parties about buying in the A-League.

According to Mike Charlesworth, chairman of the Central Coast Mariners, he is "not surprised about [Celtic's] interest' in expanding their portfolio.

Domestically, the stranglehold Celtic exert over their competitors shows little signs of weakening.

With all resources tapped in Scotland, and the likelihood of finding capable additions closer to home at a reasonable price ever decreasing, it make sense for Celtic to explore their options.


Detrimental perhaps to the competitiveness of club football in Scotland, Celtic fans scarcely seem bothered - their average attendance for home games still stands at almost 58,500.

Should a deal in Australia go as planned, it could truly take Celtic's superiority to another level again.

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