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RODGERS GETS TRANSFER CASH PLEDGE FROM LAWWELL

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BRENDAN RODGERS will have the resources to strengthen Celtic’s first team squad in the summer.
The Hoops boss is believed to be looking for two or three quality players as he prepares for another crack at the Champions League.

Chief executive Peter Lawwell confirmed there will be money available – but he also insisted the club won’t deviate from the way it has operated over the last decade.

He said: “We are planning to take it on, that is being discussed at the moment. We will see how it goes, but we have our targets and, hopefully, we will be able to get what we want.

“We will always be restricted. But the reason we are in this position is how the club has been run.

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“The reason we could get Brendan was that we had the financial capacity to do it. He wanted to come, of course, and realistically we were able to give him that opportunity to do that.

“That is because of the way we have organised the club for many years, so we will continue with that.

“We will not go mad. It will be the same strategy, the same formula and the beauty in that is that Brendan understands that.
“We have an outstanding manager and we trust that he can take us forward.”

Lawwell added: “You have to be realistic and acknowledge that there is a huge gap between what you can earn as a player in Scotland what you can earn in England.

“You need to be aware of that, but we are a club who do not need to sell. You always feel that at some point there are certain players who will attract attention from the Premier League in England and you have to be prepared for that and keep the pipeline flowing.
“We would be delighted if the window closed and we have kept every one of our players. That is the plan.
“The point to players coming here is that Brendan is a big attraction, especially for young players because they can come here and they will get better.
“His reputation is well deserved.”
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