Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wants quality not quantity

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers admits he wanted a midfielder before the transfer window shut - but refused to sign someone just to add numbers when his top targets proved out of reach.

Celtic were linked with moves for Everton’s James McCarthy and West Brom and Scotland midfielder James Morrison this week but transfer deadline day passed without another addition to Rodgers’ squad.

The Celtic manager had brought in West Brom’s Cristian Gamboa the previous day to join earlier summer signings Moussa Dembele, Kolo Toure, Scott Sinclair and Dorus de Vries.

“I wanted to bring another creative player into our midfield to support the players we had here but I’ll never bring in anyone just for the sake of bringing in a player. It has to be the right type of player and profile otherwise you waste time, money and energy.

“We brought in five players that can make a difference to the squad and can help the squad. We tried everything we could to get the right level of quality player in, but it didn’t happen.”