Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers plans to steal a march on his rivals during the January transfer window by getting his business done early, according to The Scottish Sun.

Everyone associated with the club will be keen for the Bhoys to avoid a repeat of the summer where only striker Odsonne Edouard was a confirmed arrival.

It is understood that that despite the window not opening for almost another month, Celtic have opened talks with at least one target already.

“Every manager will tell you that you want to do deals done early if you can,” Rodgers, who has been in charge of the Bhoys since May 2016, told the newspaper.

“Ideally, you want to take players away to your mid-season training camp, bed them in and do some good work with them, and get some feel for mentality,” the Celtic boss added.

“That is ideally what you want to do. So we will see.”

With Dedryck Boyata expected to be on his way out of the club, one of the first things Rodgers needs to do is ensure Celtic have enough defensive cover for the rest of the season.

More cover up front for Edouard and Leigh Griffiths would also be welcomed by Bhoys fans.

Scott Brown and Mikael Lustig are also out of contract at the end of the season so the Hoops must decide whether to offer the pair new deals or listen to any bids in January.

If Rodgers and his colleagues at Celtic have already identified targets and begun discussions with them, they stand a good chance of having a successful January transfer window.

With the Bhoys trailing Rangers by one point in the league with a game in hand, any players that come in need to hit the ground running.

Celtic fans may feel that new arrivals are exactly what the club needs to ensure they finish the season strongly – and it appears that Rodgers is already on the case.


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