BRENDAN RODGERS has dismissed reports he is ready to quit Celtic following frustrations in the summer transfer market.

After yesterday’s 1-0 defeat against Hearts at Tynecastle, the Hoops boss denied he is looking to leave the champions.

And Rodgers, who missed out on Hibs midfield John McGinn, admitted he is still searching for fresh talent to improve the squad as the team chase their eighth successive title.

He said: “Of course, we want quality players, but there’s still improvement in this squad, this team, lots of young players, so we’ll continue to work with and improve them.

“I love my life here. Despite all reports, there’s talk of ultimatums with the board, I don’t work that way, my communication is very open, so that’s certainly not the case.

“And I’d read somewhere else about walking away. I’ve got three years left on my contract here and I love every day of my life at Celtic.

“All I want is for us to improve every aspect of the club. It’s a disappointing result for us.”

Rodgers and the Celtic players will fly out today for Greece as they prepare for the crucial Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens on Tuesday.

The first leg ended in a frustrating 1-1 draw at Parkhead during the week.

One player who will not be on the flight is Dedryck Boyata who, according to his agent, has no intention of playing for the club again.

The Belgian still has a year of his contract to run and is apparently disappointed the club knocked back a £9million bid from Fulham which would have netted him £50,000-per-week in wages.

Sevilla, as Scotzine reported yesterday, are interested in the 27-year-old central defender while Lazio are also monitoring the situation.

Kristoffer Ajer is banned from the return leg in Athens and Rodgers could be forced to go again with Jozo Simunovic and Jack Hendry.


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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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