Brendan Rodgers has revealed that when it comes to making new signings for Celtic, the Hoops manager looks at a player’s mental abilities as much as his playing abilities.
So far in January the Bhoys have made two signings, Marvin Compper and Lewis Morgan.
Rodgers has disclosed that he will only add to that number if he is able to find players that will have the right personality to fit in at a huge club.
“I tend to try to have a group that has a good synergy. That’s part of your recruitment, getting the right types with the right profile. That’s equal to ability” Rodgers said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
He then outlined his theory that the footballing ability that a player displays is always the most important thing when it comes to making a new signing, claiming that players who are currently linked to Parkhead are not to his liking.
“The talent is no good if it doesn’t work, so it’s critical. I’ve got experience and if it’s not right I will know it. I will take a lesser talent who is coachable and hungry and bring that into my group.”
“We’re linked with lots of players and there are lots who could probably play for Celtic. But they don’t have the right characteristics. So they don’t come in. Simple.”
Rodgers’ transfer policy has been hit-and-miss so far in his time in Glasgow. The two major successes have been Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair, who helped the Hoops clinch their first domestic treble since 2001.
Other players, such as Dorus de Vries and Eboue Kouassi haven’t been given enough game time to show if they will make it at the Scottish champions whilst summer signing Olivier Ntcham has looked very impressive at times this season.
Rodgers and his Celtic side return to action on Saturday after their winter break trip to Dubai as they begin their Scottish Cup defence with a home tie against Brechin City.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are missing the creativity of Tom Rogic