By Danny Wright
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he probably will look to sign a new right-back when the transfer window re-opens in January.
With four Bhoys stars due to take part in the World Cup in Russia next summer, Rodgers has admitted that he may be left short in some areas for the early European qualifying rounds to reach most likely the Champions League group stages.
Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa are very likely to be called up by Sweden and Costa Rica respectively for their World Cup campaigns while Australian midfielder Tom Rogic and Danish centre-back Erik Sviatchenko could also be on the plane to Russia.
Rodgers has revealed that his plan in January is to get players in sooner rather than later to bolster areas that could be short of talent next summer.
“It’s the way it is. We have to prepare for that in the next window to ensure we’re covered,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“Gamboa and Lustig are right-sided defensive players so that’s a key area for us because we don’t want to be left short.
“Tony Ralston can cover but it’s an area we need to consider.
“We have been short in certain areas over the last two summers, so January is a big window for us if we feel we need to do something.”
Celtic have been short of defenders in the opening months of this season, leaving midfielder Nir Bitton to fill in the void at centre-back.
Dedyck Boyata, Sviatchenko and Jozo Simunovic have all had their injury woes and have spent time on the sidelines and after a failed move for Rivaldo Coetzee in the summer, it left Rodgers with limited options at centre-back.
However it now seems as though Rodgers will not only look to bolster his centre-back options, but also that at right-back.
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