BRENDAN RODGERS has always been very pragmatic when it comes to the transfer market with Celtic.
The Irishman is under no illusions about what his job entails, and it’s entirely different from what he was used to in the Premier League. Celtic need to bring in unfinished talent and make them better, like Moussa Dembele. The only problem is, those kinds of players have been few and far between during his tenure.
The one big credit to Rodgers is he has gotten so much more out of the talent already at the club when he came in. Your Forrest’s, Tierney’s, Christie’s and Armstrongs.
Then you have your Benyu’s, Compper’s and Mulumbus and even throw in a Dorus de Vries – all in taking wages but doing absolutely nothing.
This has left some Celtic fans yearning for a ‘marquee’ signing that will really lay down a marker at the club, but Rodgers has tempered expectations on that front.’
“I don’t think that’s how Celtic works. The model of the club is value and maximising that value and talent and development and seeing it grow at the club. The young players that have come in fit that model.” Rodgers told Herald Sport.
“My job is to develop that, increase that talent and hopefully they can come in and do a great job for Celtic, whether they are loan signings or permanent signings.”
Celtic have been using the loan market a lot during Rodgers time at the club. Edouard who signed on a permanent basis in the summer was a successful loan deal, and then you have something like Musonda which was an unmitigated disaster.
It’s all about bringing the right players in with the best temperament and Rodgers is hoping to add more to his arsenal when asked about more new faces.
“Ideally yes. I think there are still positions where we would like to get folk in.
“But we needed to improve the squad.
“The second part of the season is about bringing in more offensive threat and giving us more options.
“In the first part of the season you could see that we were not ideal, having to play players out of position and what not.
The big question right now is are Celtic heading out of this window stronger than they went in? The answer is layered but to keep it short, yes.