Kieran Maguire has dismissed the chances of UFC fighter Conor McGregor buying Celtic as a sole investor.
A couple of weeks ago, the Irishman claimed that he was exploring his options in terms of investing in the likes of Hoops, Chelsea or Manchester United. However, Maguire, a respected academic and journalist, believes McGregor would need help from wealthier backers to purchase a club like Celtic:
“He doesn’t have the resources himself, but he does make a fortune out of his own brand. I don’t think he would be advised to buy Celtic or another football club alone, it would have to be as part of a group. However, he would be the public face and centre of attention if such a deal was to take place.”
It did always feel like McGregor was exploiting the situation to promote himself. The 33-year-old has insisted that his interest in buying a football team is serious but his net worth of $200m (£153m) is not enough to make a bid for any high profile club.
Whether he does have some big backers lined up, we shall have to wait and see, but Celtic supporters shouldn’t hold their breath if they are hoping that Dermot Desmond will relinquish his majority stake in the Glasgow club any time soon.