By Alex Taylor

Brendan Rodgers believes that he needs four new players before the close of the transfer window, and Manchester United starlet Paddy McNair could be top of the manager’s most-wanted list.

The Hoops have been heavily linked to Scott Sinclair and McNair this summer but the two other potential additions are not yet known.

It is understood that United boss Jose Mourinho believes that McNair would benefit from a loan deal and could consider Parkhead a fitting destination for his young centre-back.

“I can’t deny or say yes or no to that [McNair] because there have been so many players who have been thrown our way or linked with Celtic so I can’t comment on everyone,” Rodgers told Herald Scotland.

“Ideally I would like another four, we shall see. It just takes time. I respect that and understand that, but in terms of assessing the squad before I came in and likewise having been in now for six weeks or so that is what I would say we would be at.”

The 21-year old Northern Ireland international has just one year remaining on his current deal at Old Trafford but has a contract option to extend his stay by a further year.

The starlet played 17 games last season, scoring one goal and providing one assist as well as featuring at this summer’s European Championships with his country.

McNair’s potential new boss arrived at Celtic having spent several months out of work after being sacked by Liverpool last October, and is aiming to take the Glasgow giants back to the Champions League proper for the first time in two years.

The Northern Irishman took over from Ronny Deila who left the club this summer.

Deila spent two years at the club and delivered a fifth consecutive Scottish Premiership title last season, but was heavily criticised for his European failures and poor choice of players.

In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops have confirmed their interest in summer strike target Scott Sinclair.