By Danny Wright
Brendan Rodgers has admitted that Celtic looked to sign Jason Denayer before the transfer window slammed shut last Thursday.
The Hoops have since been criticised of their inability to land a proven centre-back after their backline was left depleted by injury blows to Dedyrck Boyata and Erik Sviatchenko.
South Africa international Rivaldo Coetzee was on the verge of signing for the Scottish champions before he failed a medical, seemingly leaving Rodgers with limited time to find an alternative.
The ex-Liverpool manager has since confessed that he didn’t want to make a panic buy in the latter stages of the window after missing out on Coetzee and then Denayer.
“If you are going to bring one in like that then they need to know they are going to come in and play. It is the oldest conundrum in the world for centre-halves,” said the Parkhead boss, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“We looked at Denayer but he had already made a promise to go back to Turkey three months ago and we respected that he didn’t want to break his word.
“He has history here and would have done well but likewise we were looking at more senior ones.
“It is easier to think: ‘Just get a centre-half’ but it needs to be the right one.
“If you bring in the wrong one then it can disrupt your changing room and that isn’t what we want to do, especially when we have talents here that we can develop and who can gain experience.”
It was seen as a big disappointment by fans that Celtic had failed to bring in a centre-back during the summer months after growing frustrated with the performances of Nir Bitton, who had been called upon the plug the gaps with the number of injuries in defence.
Denayer would have perhaps been a decent addition for the Hoops having already spent one season on loan there in the past where he made 44 appearances and scored six goals.
In other Celtic news, the Bhoys have agreed terms with Hazard.