BRENDAN RODGERS has been told the exact time the winter transfer window will close.

The deadline has been moved FORWARD half-an-hour on Thursday February 1 with no more business allowed after 11.30pm as opposed to the traditional midnight cut-off.

There will be no leeway for the Celtic manager as he seeks to strengthen his first-team squad with striker and left-back his priority targets.

The Irishman was dealt a blow in his pursuit of Liverpool’s Owen Beck earlier this week when the Welsh Under-21 internatioal No.3, who had impressed on his loan at Dundee in the first half of the campaign, was sent on as an 83rd-minute substitute by Jurgen Klopp in the Anfield side’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth, as CQN reported.

Under FIFA regulations, no footballer can play for three clubs in one season which scuppered any thoughts Rodgers had of bringing the player to the champions, either on a temporary or permanent role.

Clubs in England will stop dealings at 11pm as per previous windows with Scottish sides now discovering their usual midnight time limit has been moved to shave 30 minutes off the negotiating and registering process.

German winger Nicolas Kuhn, the £3million recruit from Rapid Vienna, is Rodgers’ only purchase in this window so far.

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