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Brendan Rodgers tells Celtic fans not to expect £15m signings

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has ruled out big-money signings in the summer transfer window, but still is looking to improve his squad.

Celtic have already signed five players this summer including, Norwegian midfielder Odin Thiago Holm, Australian winger Marco Tilio, South Korean pair Yang Hyun-jun, Kwon Hyeok-kyu, and Maik Nawrocki.

Brendan Rodgers who returned to the club after four years, said fans should not expect £15-20 million signings.

Rodgers told Sky Sports News: “I think everyone looks and thinks that we might be bringing in a £15-20million player. The reality is that won’t be the case. It’s not what the club is based on.

“But that doesn’t mean there’s not talented players out there that we want. There is still quite a way to go in the window so we will look to improve the squad again.

“We have done a lot of early business which has been great, it allows the players to come in and settle, and of course we want to do some more. But I am quite calm on that.”

Working with recruitment staff

Ahead of Celtic’s final pre-season game against Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday, Rodgers said he trusts the recruitment staff, and they’re working together to bring new players.

“I will work with the club on that. Mark Lawwell, who has headed up the recruitment team here, has done a fantastic job. It’s a market he knows really, really well from his previous job so he understands the players.

“But he has also got a very good team of people behind him. So I trust in their work. Of course they will always be put forward to me and I will have a look at it.

“Some of those players were identified before I came in so it was about giving the blessing, and some of them have been identified whilst we have been in. So it’s a continuation of working together, which is important.

“Part of coming back, I know where the club is at, I know the model that’s in place, and we hope we can maximise that and develop the players on the field.”

Celtic will begin their cinch Premiership title defence at home to Ross County on Saturday.

Rodgers added: “It has to fit into the model of the club. And as a manager in the modern game it’s very difficult to do what you maybe did years ago and be out watching players every night of the week. The game has changed. So you are really relying on your recruitment team.

“You won’t get absolutely every one right and that’s purely on the basis of players maybe not adapting to a country.

“But there is a lot of great work done here, a really comprehensive structure that is in place to try and mitigate as many of those circumstances as we can and allow players to come in and really flourish in an environment which is made for development.”

Sam Barton
Sam Barton
Sam Barton fell in love with football during the 98 World Cup and has been fascinated by it ever since. The tactical side of the game is what truly inspires him to think, read and write about football, making him the ideal football writer.
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