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‘I’M ONLY INTERESTED IN QUALITY,’ RODGERS

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BRENDAN RODGERS will continue to exercise patience as he seeks to strengthen his Celtic first team squad.

The Hoops boss has added Odsonne Edouard – a record £9million signing from Paris Saint-Germain – and goalkeeper Scott Bain, a free from Dundee, this summer.

Rodgers is also keen to finalise a deal with Hibs for midfielder John McGinn, despite two bids being rejected by the Easter Road outfit.

However, the Irishman stressed that he looking for quality over quantity as he pursues fresh talent.

He said: “You have to be patient. Every coach or manager wants the player in tomorrow.

“But it’s not my expertise. I can only recommend players, along with our scouting team, who think will improve the team and can be important for us.

“We don’t need an overhaul or complete recycling of players. We have an exciting team and you can see the development.

“But we want to improve the squad by bringing in players who can start and lift the level. It’s not padding out the squad with more players.

“That always takes time and I have to respect that and I don’t tend to get frustrated by it. It is what it is.

“We’ve done really well these past few seasons and made it work for us. The squad is in a good place and, hopefully, we can add to it. That’s for upstairs. I tend to work the football and manage that side.

“I’ll have an opinion, of course, but the club work to a model and I work with the players.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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