CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers yesterday fired out some brusque answers following questioning on his transfer policy at the champions.

The Irishman was clearly irked by comments from ex-Hoops star Kris Commons yesterday who insisted the team need to look closely at the central defensive position ahead of next month’s Europa League ties against Zenit St Petersburg.

Informed the former Parkhead playmaker reckoned Rodgers’ deals in the transfer market this month might come under scrutiny, he said sharply: “No, there is not.

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“By whom? Scrutiny by whom? Okay, move on.”

He said swiftly: “I’m about deeds, not words. I’ve heard some s**t since I’ve been up here. That’s the part of your industry that I don’t like.

“I don’t want to stand here and waste my time. I have a mountain of things to do rather than talk about speculation or what Kris Commons or other guys think.

“Everyone has an opinion, but the opinions are not always the reality.”

And Rodgers revealed he did not think defence was a priority.

“Not for me, no,” he said. “I don’t know how many defenders you think we need.

“We’ve brought in a defender, we’ve got two centre-halves playing, we’ve got Jozo Simunovic, so we’ve got four centre-halves.”

Celtic have signed German defender Marvin Compper – ineligible for Europe and out for a month with a calf injury sustained in Dubai – and St Mirren winger Lewis Morgan, who will not team up with the squad until the summer.


Rodgers added: “We know what we want and we’re pretty calm on that.

“We just need to bring in quality. I’m not concerned about the numbers we bring in.

“The job here to bring in quality to improve the level we are at and that usually takes time.”

On the subject of reports from Turkey of a £2.6million bid for Besiktas defender Dusko Tusco, he replied: “First I’ve heard.”



A Celtic State of Mind presents its 30th instalment of insightful discussion around the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning treble-winning Scottish champions.

Kevin Graham is joined by Scotty Alcroft to interview Scottish pro-independence politician, Tommy Sheridan, at The Penalty Spot in Glasgow.

The interview took place as part of A Celtic State of Mind’s first live event – Five-a-sides at The Penalty Spot – and, as such, there is some background noise (including mobile interference – apologies) from the audience.

The other voice you may hear throughout this episode is that of former Celtic striker, Frank McGarvey, who is a friend of Tommy’s, and who was also interviewed separately that day for a future show.

You are sure to enjoy Tommy’s eclectic input, as he discusses everything from Catalan independence to Coolio, with a constant undercurrent of that thing called Celtic.


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