BRENDAN RODGERS will look to continue strengthening Celtic when the January transfer window opens – but admitted he has no intention of spending big cash just for the sake of it.

The champions could bank as much as £40million for their involvement in this season’s Champions League, but the Irishman will not be looking for a short-term fix.

He said: “In the climate in Scotland, where you don’t get it given to you, where every single penny for every single club has to be earned, I’m happy the club can get that. I’m happy the players have the chance to earn it for the club.

“Hopefully, it allows you to build the club as you want to. The club have been brilliant in terms of everything we are trying to do here. Obviously, you have to be sensible with it.

“What’s important, first and foremost, is that we can improve the team on the field. That is always the core of the club and its success. Along with that, you want improvements off the field.

“There has to be a legacy to all of this. It can’t just be a case of getting in here and not having something to show for it.

“So for us, it is about improvement on and off the field and always being sensible.”

Rodgers signed five players in his first transfer window – Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair, Kolo Toure, Dorus de Vries and Cristian Gamboa.

Although the Hoops gaffer will be expected to invest again after the finances banked from this season, he will do so with come caution.

He said: “Hopefully, the revenue allows you to do that, but again it always has to be conditional. You can’t just be throwing it about, that’s the reality. If you are qualifying regularly and you are banking the money then you look at it.

“But is having a sensible approach. Hopefully, the club sees that I try to bring value in and, hopefully also, the squad’s value will have increased in the time we have been here and will further increase.

“We brought in Moussa – and where is he at now? He is a top young player and you wouldn’t like to put a figure on where he is at. You have other young players improving all the time and developing. You know that you need to get the right profile of player first and see where you go from there.”


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