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'I will look to go into the market' - Rodgers reportedly identifies Celtic No 1 January priority

By James Black

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he plans to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window and a new centre-back has been identified as his No 1 priority, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claims that Rodgers will look to buy a new ‘top-class’ centre-back to provide depth to his injury-hit back-four.

Israeli midfielder Nir Bitton has spent much of this season filling in from crocked Jozo Simunovic, Dedryck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko and it appears to have forced Rodgers to act.

The Hoops did agree a deal to sign South African defender Rivaldo Coetzee in August before pulling the plug when the Ajax Cape Town ace failed a medical.

Rodgers also revealed that Celtic’s continued involvement in the Europa League won’t have any effect on his spending plans as he prepares for the transfer window opening on January 1st.

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“I will look to go into the market in January,” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“When you are winning and strong, that’s when you have to strengthen.

“It’s inverted in Scotland, arguably the most important window here is January.

“There are one or two areas we want to strengthen, but it’s always about availability and affordability.”

The Hoops are strong favourites to finish third in their Champions League group and secure a spot in the knockout rounds of the Europa League in early 2018.

Rodgers’ side have a three-point lead over Anderlecht and face the Belgians in Glasgow at the beginning of December in the final round of fitures in the group stage.

The Scottish champions also face a trip to Paris to take on free-spending Paris Saint-Germain later this month.

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