And the Parkhead chief admitted he would even be priced out of the market for lesser players who had not impressed him at Euro 2008.

He said: "Could I afford my favourite player at the tournament? Absolutely not. I couldn't afford Fernando Torres' and David Villa's weekly or monthly wage.

"I have been impressed by Wesley Sneijder, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Torres - but I can't afford some of the ones I don't even like."

Strachan knows he doesn't have to fork out for the best goalkeeper at Euro 2008 because Pole Artur Boruc is already at Parkhead.

"He's the best here," claimed Strachan.