Amidst a somewhat frustrated atmosphere concerning the summer transfer window, Brendan Rodgers provided some clarity on the midweek signing of Nat Philips from Liverpool on a six-month loan.

Nat Phillips
Soccer Football – Carabao Cup Third Round – Liverpool v Derby County – Anfield, Liverpool, Britain – November 9, 2022 Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips in action with Derby County’s James Collins REUTERS/Carl Recine¬†

The Celtic manager stated that Philips will not be available for the highly-anticipated clash against Rangers, explaining that this absence was part of the original plan for the defender.

“Nat, this was always the plan. Coming in, this is the game that he wasn’t going to be able to make. We have obviously spoken with the Liverpool medical team. He’ll be ready for after the international break,”¬†Rodgers said live on Sky Sports. The comment indicates a strategic approach to Philips’ loan period, with a focus on long-term contribution rather than immediate impact.

The arrival of Philips comes at a crucial time for Celtic, who have three first-team central defenders sidelined due to injuries. Philips, who has experience in both the Premier League and Champions League, offers much-needed depth in the defensive department.

According to Rodgers, Philips is expected to be ready for action following the international break, providing a much-needed boost to the squad as they navigate both domestic and European fixtures, with the Champions League starting in just a few weeks.


  1. So what Rodgers is telling the fans is that he conned them by bringing in a much-needed defender who, it turns out, isn’t fit. Brilliant! You have to admire the tricks these people get up to to mislead the support. Phillips is a professional footballer with vast experience, but if he isn’t match fit, especially for the Rangers game, then why bring him on board. They should have gone for a defender who could start immediately. Unbelieveable!


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