By David Woods

5th Jun, 2018 | 1:42pm

Hartson claims Celtic have identified 'marquee' signing that will have fans off their seats

Former Celtic striker John Hartson has said that while it’s not time to panic yet, Celtic do need to bring in three or four new players the summer.

However, he thinks that Brendan Rodgers has already identified the one marquee signing that will get the fans excited.

After that though, he still thinks they need to bring in more options across the board.

Writing in his column in the Evening Times, Hartson said: “I still think that Celtic really need to get three or four players in before the window shuts in August – and ideally you would want one of them to be a marquee signing.

“You want the guy who is going to get everyone excited and who gets people off their seats.

“I have to be honest and say that I am not sure Odsonne Edouard is that guy because we haven’t seen too much of him, but what I will say is that if Brendan Rodgers is prepared to shell out the big bucks for him – and he’ll cost Celtic £10m – then you have to say that he has done more than enough to be trusted on that one.

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“I think we have seen glimpses of the potential the lad has. The exciting thing about him isn’t just the pace and the power and the technique but also his temperament. He seems able to keep his head when the pressure is on and as we all know that is the real sign of a top class player.”

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Hartson also said that he expected most of the significant business this summer to be done after the World Cup finals in Russia and we’d have to agree with him here. Players could go massively up (or down!) in value depending on how they play for their countries, and there could be significant injury news as well. In that respect, Rodgers has got an absolutely ideal few weeks ahead with a reported June 16 deadline for striker Odsonne Edouard. Getting that deal in the bag – although it does sound as if Celtic will have to break their transfer record to land him – early will mean that Celtic can then take their time over bringing in hopefully another three or four players. With all good will to their rivals, Rangers were so far behind last season that they won’t really be looking to strengthen on that front. However, Rodgers will be desperate to improve Celtic’s run in the Champions League and if they want to do that, they’re going to need some new players.

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