By Alex Stevens

Brendan Rodgers is keen to finalise two new Celtic signings by Monday night, he has revealed.

The Hoops manager has admitted that the club are close to landing Scott Sinclair, with reports emerging on Saturday evening that the winger has signed a four-year contract with the Scottish giants.

The Sun claim Sinclair passed his medical in Glasgow on Saturday and has now put pen to paper on a deal potentially worth £4.5 million to Aston Villa, although the deal has yet to be confirmed by either club.

Rodgers has said he wants to add at least one more big-name signing to his squad in addition to Sinclair ahead of Monday night’s transfer deadline.

“Scott is a player I know well, I had him in at Chelsea when he was 16 years of age, I know him probably as well as anyone and I know his qualities,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“There are a number of players we are looking at which we hope can improve the squad.

“We will see. As a club we would hope to close something out at the weekend.

“If the other one wasn’t by Monday then hopefully not long after that.”

Rodgers was keen to include winger Sinclair in his squad for Sunday’s Scottish Premiership opener against Hearts at Tynecastle.

But it is unclear whether the transfer has been sealed in time for the 27-year-old to make his debut in the league curtainraiser.

The Bhoys have already completed deals for Moussa Dembele, Kolo Toure and Kristoffer Ajer this summer ahead of the new Scottish Premiership season.

In other Celtic news, a league-winning striker has backed Rangers to beat Celtic to the title.