BRENDAN RODGERS will not be pursuing initial interest in Croatia World Cup keeper Dominik Livakovic.

The Celtic manager had been linked with the Dinamo Zagreb No.1 who is coming out of contract next summer as has been linked with several clubs in recent weeks.

Rodgers, though, will not take the consideration any further with reports claiming Fenerbahce are on the brink of completing a £7.7million transfer for the 28-year-old netminder, as CQN flagged up yesterday.

UP AND RUNNING…Croatia keeper Dominik Livakovic races away in joy afer the third of this three penalty-kick saves against Japan in the World Cup Finals in Qatar last winter.

The champions will not get involved in a bidding war for Livakovic who could have been viewed as the main challenger to Joe Hart for the No.1 position at Parkhead.

Back-up netminders Benji Siegrist and Scott Bain rarely featured last season with the Swiss shotstopper figuring twice and the one-time Scotland international getting the nod only once.

Rodgers will be looking elsewhere as he strengthen his squad where he has already signed Norwegian midfielder Odin Thiago Holm, Australian forward Marco Tilio and South Korean winger Yang Hyun-jun whose compatriot Kwon Hyeok-kyu is almost certainly on his way.

As far as the search for another keeper is concerned, it has been reported by transfer guru Fabrizio Romano that Livakovic’s move to Turkey is just about over the line.

Rodgers and his squad are now heading for Japan with games scheduled against Yokohama F Marinos on Wednesday and Osaka Gamba three days later.

The champions return to face Wolves at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin a fortnight today and then there is the James Forrest testimonial match against Spanish ace Athletic Bilbao at Parkhead on Tuesday August 1.

The competitive action will get underway when Ross County visit the east end of Glasgow on Premiership Flag Day on Saturday August 5 with a 12.30pm kick-off.

Click Here for Comments >

About Author