Brendan Rodgers has broken Celtic transfer pledge, now it's coming back to haunt him
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers had pledged to sign a new right-back for his side during the January transfer window – and his failure to do so is coming back to haunt the Hoops.
The Hoops boss stated back in November as suggesting that he needed to sign another right-back as both Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa are going to the World Cup.
“We have to prepare for that in the next window to ensure we’re covered” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record when discussing his plans for January.
“Gamboa and Lustig are right-sided defensive players so that’s a key area for us because we don’t want to be left short.
“Tony Ralston can cover but it’s an area we need to consider.
“We have been short in certain areas over the last two summers, so January is a big window for us if we feel we need to do something.”
Unfortunately for Rodgers, since then Lustig’s form has deteriorated badly.
The number of games the 31-year-old has played in recent years for both Sweden and Celtic seems to have caught up with him.
His most recent against Partick Thistle was so poor that he was substituted at half-time.
The Swede’s would-be replacement, Gamboa, has rarely featured since he was signed from West Brom last season.
Rodgers doesn’t seem to trust the Costa Rican, who hasn’t featured since he had a poor game against Bayern Munich in October.
The other candidate for the position, Anthony Ralston is recovering from a long-term injury.
If Rodgers is able to bring in a new right-back before the transfer window closes it would help to solve a problem which is on the verge of turning into a crisis for the Hoops.
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