By Alex Taylor
Brendan Rodgers has revealed he is confident that Celtic can secure a new centre-back within the next 24 hours in a bid to beat a Uefa deadline.
The Hoops would need to sign the defender by Thursday night in order for him to be eligible to play in next week’s Champions League qualifiers providing his team get past Lincoln Red Imps.
That means bringing in someone before the Thursday deadline or they will not be able to feature for Celtic in Europe until the Champions League play-offs in August.
The Northern Irishman believes that he can bring in at least one more defender ahead of the game in time for them to be eligible to play.
The Hoops have been linked to both Kolo Toure and Shane Duffy in recent weeks and, when asked about the situation, Rodgers told the Herald Scotland: “Ideally, we would want to try and at least have one more in by the deadline, all being well. I want it now – but it doesn’t always work out that way.
“Is it realistic? I would hope so. It won’t be the fault of this club if not. The club are looking to do everything they can to support my needs and what I want.”
The Glasgow giants have made only one addition to their senior squad this summer with the signing of Moussa Dembele from Fulham on a free-transfer, after Patrick Roberts convinced him to make the move.
It is said in the Herald report that Rodgers has a £10million transfer budget to work with, but he has so far only spent an estimated £500,000.