Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he will not be spending big during this month’s transfer window but will be on the lookout for shrewd, value-for-money deals.
Having lifted the Scottish Premiership title in each of the past seven seasons, the Hoops aren’t having it all their own way this term and find themselves joint top with arch-rivals Rangers, albeit having played a game less.
During the summer, Celtic made Odsonne Edouard the most-expensive signing in their history when they parted with £9 million to sign the 20-year-old on a permanent basis from Paris Saint-Germain.
Rodgers has already been active this month, bringing in striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo for just £2 million whilst securing loan deals for the highly-rated 18-year-old Timothy Weah and Scotland international Oliver Burke.
However, the Hoops boss will be focusing on developing the talent already at his disposal and is confident that his squad has got what it takes to secure their eighth league title on the bounce.
“The model of the club is value and maximising that value and talent and development and see it grow at the club”, Rodgers is quoted as saying by the Express.
“My job was to develop that, increase that talent within and hopefully they can do a great job for Celtic, whether they are loan signings or a permanent signing.”
Having said that, Rodgers also admitted that there are still areas of his squad that he looking to bolster, amid reports that he is lining up a £4 million move for Olympiakos right-back Omar Elabdellaoui.
“There are still positions where we would like to get folk in”, the Hoops boss added.
“The second part of the season is about bringing in more offensive threat and giving us more options.
“Bringing these guys in supports those already here and once we get the injured players back as well that gives us something to look forward to.”
Celtic return to action next weekend when they welcome Airdrieonians to Parkhead for a William Hill Scottish Cup clash, before hosting St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership.