Rodgers confirms more signings will be made

By David Walton

January 9, 2019

Brendan Rodgers has put fans at ease and stated that there will be more signings coming through the door in January.

So far it’s been a busy month for the Hoops. Their immediate requirement of sorting out the striker-crisis has been sorted. Timothy Weah and Vakoun Issouf Bayo have been brought in to help Odsonne Edouard.

Another key issue has also been sorted out with James Forrest finally getting substantial competition in the form of Oliver Burke. Despite the fact both Burke and Weah are on loan deals, it sorts these issues out in the short-term.

But Rodgers has confirmed that won’t be the last of the arrivals. Speaking to the BBC from Celtic’s Dubai base, Rodgers expressed his urge for more from the club.

Oliver Burke has signed for Celtic as one of three January recruits (Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images)

“Yeah I think we’ll look to do more business. I think that is important for us.

“January is a window, particularly up in Scotland, that is important. But the players have to be available at the same time. The market is always difficult in Scotland because the players are always moving.

“It’s not just trying to improve the squad for now but also for whatever summer qualification games we have.”

At least two more arrivals are essential this month

It’s never going to be a window of massive revamp – January never is. But Celtic need at least two more arrivals to take their total quantity of signings to five this month.

These positions are at both right-back and centre-back. Everybody knows the situation regarding Mikael Lustig, and it’s long overdue that Celtic’s Swedish internationalist was replaced.

But the centre-back issue also takes huge importance in this window. Dedryck Boyata’s agent has said his client won’t be signing a new contract at Parkhead. It could be the case that Celtic move him on – leaving them highly short on cover. And even if Boyata does stay, it wouldn’t be ideal to rely on a player so uncommitted.

Rodgers has his eyes on some more deals this month (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Filip Benkovic also picked up a hamstring injury against Rangers last month. Nobody knows how he’ll perform upon his return, with Jozo Simunovic and Kristoffer Ajer both struggling to convince.

If those areas are sorted, Hoops fans would be satisfied with that. It makes for even better reading, however, to see that Rodgers is also of the same mind-set.