By Danny Wright

30th Apr, 2018 | 7:46am

After reportedly rejecting deal, Celtic must snap up tough-as-nails international enforcer


It’s no big secret about what is the weakest part of Celtic’s squad and Brendan Rodgers must go out in the summer to improve his defence.

Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic have struggled to impress on a consistent basis while Jack Hendry has shown signs that he still is not ready to to become a mainstay for the Scottish champions.

That leaves Celtic in need of at least one new centre-back in January and one player that Rodgers must absolutely go out and sign is Brentford enforcer Andreas Bjelland, who will be available on a free transfer in just a matter of weeks and will be perfect to slot straight into the first-team.

West London Sport has reported that Bjelland, 29, has rejected a new deal at Griffin Park and that he intends to find a new club for himself once his current agreement expires.

It is understood that the Denmark international wants to delay his decision on his next club until after the World Cup but Celtic must make a move as soon as possible to prevent him putting himself in the shop window in Russia and attracting attention from the Premier League.

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Bjelland is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the English Championship.

The 6ft 2in ace is known for his tough-as-nails attitude but is also a decent ball-player and will fit perfectly into Rodgers’ system in Glasgow’s East End.

With the fact that Bjelland will be available for free, has years of experience in both England and on an international stage, it’s an absolute no-brainer for the Hoops to pick him up this summer.

In other Celtic news, James McClean has taken a swipe at Rangers after the Hoops won the Scottish title.

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