Celtic Transfer News: Replacing Kolo Toure hasn't been easy

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15th Nov, 2017 | 4:01pm

Celtic AGM: Brendan Rodgers reveals January transfer target after big loss

By John Reid

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has admitted that the club need to a sign a new centre-half in the January transfer window.

He has admitted that finding the correct player for that position is not easy though.

Speaking at today’s AGM, Rodgers spoke about how the recently retired Kolo Toure has been a big miss for the club.

Toure is back at Celtic, but he decided to hang up his boots at the end of last season and is now on Brendan Rodgers’ backroom staff.

Rodgers said “There’s not too many Toures about.

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“It’s a challenge to bring in. Do you bring in a young talent? We need to sign a centre half.”

Injuries to centre-backs Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko have meant that Celtic have been forced to play midfielder Nir Bitton at the back on occasion.

In domestic games that has mostly been a success, but Bitton had a difficult night at centre-half in Munich when Bayern defeated Celtic 3-0 in the Champions League.

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that Simunovic will be back in time to partner Dedryck Boyata in Celtic’s upcoming Champions League trip to Paris next Wednesday, with the Hoops in action this Saturday against Ross County as the Scottish Premiership returns.

In other Celtic transfer news, Reading boss Jaap Stam understands why Celtic are reportedly interested in signing Liam Moore

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