RODGERS AND THE ‘PRIVATE’ MATTER

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BRENDAN RODGERS has refused to answer questions about his Celtic ambitions being shared by the champions’ board.

The club made four bids for Hibs midfielder John McGinn before the Scotland international joined Championship side Aston Villa in a £2.75million deal.

Asked if the board match his ambitions, Rodgers replied: “I wouldn’t answer that. It’s private.”

As Rodgers prepared for Saturday’s game against Hearts at Tynecastle, he said: “I’ve got a huge respect for the people who work at this club – the board and the directors.

“They’ve created a very stable foundation here and I have to respect that.

“Of course, as a manager, I always want the club to be the very best it can be for the supporters, but I have to maybe understand where the limits are sometimes.”

The Hoops’ only summer signings so far are £9million striker Odsonne Edouard, from Paris St-Germain, and goalkeeper Scott Bain, who had come out of contract at Dundee.

However, the boss confirmed two arrivals within the next couple of days.

Honduras left-back Emilio Izaguirre, 32, who left Parkhead for Al-Fayha in Saudi Arabia 12 months ago, will sign a two-year deal.

And 19-year-old Australian international winger Daniel Arzani will arrive on a two-year loan contract from Manchester City after confirmation of his switch from Melbourne City.

Celtic have picked up £8.2million in the sales of Stuart Armstrong, £7million to Southampton, and Erik Sviatchenko, £1.2million to Midtjylland, during the close season.

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