Rapper assesses Champions League prospects and chances of bringing David Beckham to the club
Snoop Dogg wants to "bring a bit of Snoop" to Celtic football club. The rapper – and newly turned reggae singer – is reportedly considering an investment in the football club, seeking to pick up shares "if any of the board wanted to sell".
"I don't need to run a soccer club but [I would want] enough of a percentage to get me on the board so I can be heard," Snoop told the Daily Record. "I got a lot of interest in soccer … [and] I see how passionate Celtic fans are about their team."
The 41-year-old American said he was impressed with Celtic's recent victory over Barcelona in the Champions League. "Barcelona are a big deal, and it shows Celtic are a big deal as well," he said. He feels the club's prospects in the competition will depend on the performance of Georgios Samaras – "a proper athlete [and] pretty dangerous player." "If we are to go far in Europe, [Samaras] needs to play well."
In terms of strategy, Snoop didn't have much advice for Celtic manager Neil Lennon. But the rapper seems confident about his transformational properties: "The boxes at Celtic would never be the same once I have hosted a party there," he said. Snoop also vowed to speak to David Beckham, a friend, about joining the Glasgow club. "We have lunch when we can, so next time, you know, I am going to speak to him about it," he said. "LA is home for him and his family now – but I would have to at least make that offer to my boy … Never say never."
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Celtic's most famous pop star supporter is Rod Stewart, who was at Parkhead for the Barcelona game. The north London-born singer was seen bursting into tears at the surprise result.