Celtic

By Danny Wright

Celtic manager Brendan Rogers has given an update on his club’s transfer dealings during the January window.

The Northern Irish boss has said that he is willing to wait until the summer to bring in the right players to avoid signings for the sake of bringing in new faces during the current transfer window.

However, Rodgers has not ruled out bringing anyone in this month, if the right player was to come along.

“It’s not about getting players,” Rodgers told Celtic’s official club website. “It’s about getting the right players and if you can get the right players in, then good, but if you can’t I won’t stockpile the squad full of players just for the sake of it.

“If you get the right players and they come in a bit later in the summer, that’s okay. Kolo Toure came in late on last year and did a great job for us and really helped to us through. Scott Sinclair came in late and did a great job for us and got us through.

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“So if the right ones are available then we’ll do it. If they’re not, then we’ve got a really strong squad to take us through to the end of the season and then we’ll revisit it then.”

Kouassi Eboue has been Celtic’s only transfer this month when he joined the club for £2.8m from Russian club Krasnodar, but Rogers can certainly back up his claim of bringing in quality.

In the summer as he managed to lure quality youngsters such as Moussa Dembele, Kristoffer Ajer, as well as the aforementioned Toure and Sinclair.

Celtic are due to play their first fixture following the Scottish winter break on Sunday against Albion Rovers in the Scottish Cup. Wednesday night sees them return to league action as they take on St. Johnstone at Celtic Park.

They are 19 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership with Rangers in second place.

Football Insider Verdict

Do Celtic really need to put a lot of effort into this transfer window? Rodgers is definitely right, he bought in a lot of quality during the summer window and if he believes that he can get his best deals done at the end of the season then fair enough. Sunday’s Scottish Cup fixture would be a good game for Rodgers to decide if his fringe players are up to scratch if he wants to improve on any of them.

Celtic have more or less already won the Scottish Premiership and could easily go the rest of the season unbeaten with the squad they already have. If they were still in Europe it would definitely be a different story.

In other Celtic news transfer news, Ajer snubbed this transfer to England.

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