BRENDAN RODGERS is convinced his Celtic squad is strong enough to book the Hoops a place in the Champions League group stages.

Paddy Roberts is still top of the Hoops manager’s list after the Manchester City winger’s successful 18-month loan stint at the treble-winners.

Rodgers said yesterday: “Patrick’s situation is pretty clear – he’s out with Manchester City at the moment.

“We have a number of targets we’re looking at, but there is nothing to report on any specific player.

“I’m quite relaxed. We know what we want.


“My main objective over the course of this market was by the end of August to have a squad available that was ready for the season ahead.

“We always hoped that we could get one or two in. We got a few in, but we need more, there’s no doubt about that.

“But I said right at the beginning that qualification for the Champions League was primarily going to be done with the players who got us there.

“These are players who are developing, who are improving, who have a total understanding of how we work.

“Clearly we are missing some players who are decisive for us and we want to make the squad stronger.

“But that only happens when you have two parties that are willing to work together to get the deal done.”

“We just have to be patient. I always trust the players I have and work to make them better.

“That’s what we look to do to over these next couple of games.”

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