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RODGERS’ TRANSFER PLEDGE

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CELTIC are still in talks for a loan deal with Borussia Dortmund right-back Jeremy Toljan, as CQN reported yesterday.

And boss Brendan Rodgers insists the club will NOT sanction any last-gasp sales from his first-team squad.

The Hoops were rocked when Moussa Dembele quit in a £19.8million switch to French outfit Lyon only hours before the August transfer window closed.

Rodgers was left without valuable time to bring in a replacement and the champions have struggled in the main attacking area with Odsonne Edouard sustaining an injury and Leigh Griffiths being given time off to deal with personal issues.

The Irishman said: “It’s a window where we want to strengthen, we certainly don’t want to weaken the squad. All the players here, I expect to stay.

“If we can get one or two in it would help to make us strong. There are some areas we are looking at.”

With growing fears Filip Benkovic’s season could now be wrecked through injury, Rodgers is desperately seeking defensive cover and the move for the Bundesliga giants’ Toljan is still in negotiation.

An agreement has yet to be finalised and talks between all parties will continue.

Rodgers knows he has little cover in the No.2 position with Mikael Lustig and Cristian Gamboa out of contract in the summer.

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