BRENDAN RODGERS reinforced the need to add quality to his Celtic squad in the January transfer window when he spoke at the club’s AGM at Parkhead today.
The Hoops boss has already admitted players will be coming and going after the turn of the year as he reshapes his pool for the second half of the campaign.
Rodgers is also looking beyond this campaign to next summer’s window as he continues his revamp for the challenges that lie ahead.
The manager has been promised the full backing of the board by chief executive Michael Nicholson, in an interview with Celtic TV.
PARADISE…Peter Lawwell will make sure Celtic are prepared for the challenges. Image courtesy Celtic TV.
Chairman Peter Lawwell also insisted the champions will not rest as they strive for higher levels as he also spoke exclusively to the club’s TV channel.
Rodgers returned to Celtic in June with players such as Maik Nawrocki, Gustaf Lagerbielke, Marco Tilio, Odin Holm and South Korean double-act Yang Hyun-jun and Kwon Hyeon-kyu already seemingly already on their way to the club.
However, Rodgers made it clear at the meeting that no recruits were signed without his approval and insisted: “No player has been pushed onto me.
“We have a structure and set-up and we are planning for longer term in our signing strategy. I make the final decision on whether we sign a player.”
Rodgers also repeated he will be looking to add quality and depth to his squad over the next eight months while he will slim down his 33-man pool.
He added: “We have a squad that’s bigger than what we want, but that’s something over the next two transfer windows we will have the numbers and quality we really want.
“In terms of the Champions League, we have been really competitive other than the second-half in the Atletico game.”