CELTIC have spent £54.2million in assembling the squad currently at the disposal of Brendan Rodgers.

That’s the total amount of cash the champions have splashed over the recent seasons which also takes in the likes of David Turnbull who arrived from Motherwell for £2.75million in the summer of 2020.

The financial data has been released by Football Observatory and places the Parkhead club in 91st place among the 100 biggest spenders in world football.

Add-ons and loan fees are included in the calculation which shows that less than £1million has been spent on the goalkeeping position.

HOLM IS WHERE THE CASH IS…Celtic’s £2.25million recruit Odin Holm in action against Kilmarnock.

That was the reported figure when 75 times-capped English veteran Joe Hart quit Spurs for the Hoops in August 2021. Back-up shotstoppers, Scott Bain and Benji Siegrist, both arrived as free agents after leaving Dundee and Dundee United respectively.

The report states only £10.3m has been spent on midfield with Matt O’Riley arriving in a £1.5m switch from MK Dons and Reo Hatate for £2m from Kawasaki Frontale. In the most recent transfer window, Odin Holm cost £2.25m from Valerenga.

A whopping figure of £24.1m is the estimated outlay in defence with Cameron Carter-Vickers (£6m Spurs), Alexandro Bernabei (£3.75m Lanus) and Alistair Johnston (£3.5m CF Montreal) joining last term with Maik Nawrocki (£4.3m Legia Warsaw) and Gustaf Lagerbiekle (£3m Elfsborg) joining this summer.

The attack comes in at £18m with the most expensive purchase being the £4.6m well spent on prolific striker Kyogo Furuhashi from Vissel Kobe in July 2021.

IT TAKES TWO…Liel Abada and Kyogo Furuhashi celebrate the winner at Ibrox. The double-act cost Celtic a total of £8.1m in transfer fees.

Liel Abada joined just before the Japanese international for £3.5m – the same amount quoted in bringing in Honduran winger Luis Palma last month.

The Parkhead team are well off the pace in the chequebook race compared to Manchester United who are in pole position in the list with close to £1billion – £991.7m to be precise – splashed on the current first-team squad.

Chelsea are a close second on £977.9m while Manchester City are third on £898.5m.

They are followed by Paris Saint-Germain (£862.3m), Arsenal (£720.9m), Spurs (£714.9m), Liverpool (£664m), Real Madrid (£610.5m), Newcastle (£570m) and West Ham (£435.5m).

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