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12th Dec, 2017 | 9:36am

Celtic will launch January swoop for top-flight defender after chief sanctions transfer - reports

Celtic will make a move for RB Leipzig defender Marvin Compper in the January transfer window even though he would miss their Europa League tie against Zenit in February, according to a report.

The Scotsman has reported that Compper, 32, would be ineligible to play against the Russian side, but it is understood that this hasn’t put Brendan Rodgers off in his attempts to sign the Bundesliga centre-back.

The player was linked with a move to the Scottish Champions in German news outlet Kicker, which also reported that Leipzig sporting director Ralph Rangnick would sanction the player to transfer away from the top-flight club in January if a suitor came in for him.

Compper played for his current side in their Champions League defeat to Besiktas as a second-half substitute, meaning that he would not be able to take part in the Europa League.

Compper has had limited game time for his club in the Bundesliga this season, only taking part in three league games, although he did play for 45 minutes in Leipzig’s recent 2-2 draw with Mainz.

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The fact that Brendan Rodgers still wants to sign Compper even though he would miss the games against Zenit shows that the Hoops boss knows that a new centre-half is a priority for domestic football as well as in Europe. He will have been alarmed by the way Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic were outmuscled in the recent 2-2 draw with Hibs, and will be wanting to rectify that as soon as possible. With Celtic’s centre-halves all suffering injury issues during the season, a new experienced centre-half would be a good addition to the Hoops’ squad for the second-half of the season.

In other Celtic news, Brendan Rodgers has delivered his verdict on the Europa League draw

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