With Brendan Rodgers claiming the club are working hard behind the scenes, where do Celtic need to improve before the end of the transfer window?

According to the Daily Record, the Northern Irishman wants to bring in quality before the closure of the window.

However, where does Rodgers need to be looking for Celtic to improve domestically and in Europe?

The Defence

The main aspect remains the centre of defence. However, it’s hugely up for debate with regards to whether Celtic genuinely need to strengthen in that area.

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With Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic returning, competition will be as high as it’s been under Rodgers. Jack Hendry and Kristoffer Ajer have been holding the fort since. With four decent centre-backs still at the club, Celtic don’t have to worry about numbers.

It remains to be seen the level of ambition Celtic have this season. However, there’s no guarantee that a top-class centre-back would stop goals being leaked during the Champions League groups.

Boyata and Simunovic both have their faults, everyone knows that. But this remains a back-line that managed to reach the Europa League knockout stages last year.

Regardless, many supporters would still see it as a lack of ambition should Celtic not spend on a centre-back. Therefore, they may decide to do so in order to appease the fan-base.


One area of concern that could arise for Rodgers is the right-wing position.

James Forrest has been a standout under Rodgers since his arrival back in 2016, managing to see off Patrick Roberts last season and keep his spot down the right side.

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However, should the Scottish international pick up an injury, which history tells us is a real possibility, a natural replacement isn’t in the squad.

Jonny Hayes and Lewis Morgan could slot in, but both are naturally left-sided players. Rodgers could do with someone to help Forrest with the burden of creating down the right-hand side, particularly if Celtic have a hectic calendar of European and domestic games this season.

Outside of that, where do Celtic truly need to strengthen? The answer is nowhere or anywhere.

Supporters consistently want additions to the squad, even when those additions may not actually improve on what Celtic have.

Rodgers has to make the decision of whether to splash out and upgrade on several positions, or stick with what he has and try to continue the dominance he’s created this season.

Having dropped their interest in Hibernian’s John McGinn over the last couple of weeks, it appears that the Hoops look relatively settled with what they have. However, should Rodgers indeed delve back into the market, it’ll be interesting to see where he thinks the key spots for improvement in the side are.