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RODGERS AND CELTIC’S TRANSFER POLICY

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BRENDAN RODGERS has acknowledged the financial constraints at Celtic as he attempts to strengthen his squad before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

As he prepared his players for this evening’s Champions League return leg qualifier against Rosenborg with the Hoops 3-1 ahead, the Irishman cooled speculation of unrest behind the scenes.

He said: “I think there’s always going to be a limit and I am fully aware of that. No matter what my feeling is I have to respect where the club is at.

“The club isn’t a Premier League club down south. It is a totally different market.

“But it is the job of the manager, the coach, to try and push to get the best possible players we can in and help keep the club moving forward.

“I understand the climate at Celtic. It is always going to be that. You maybe have a core of players here who stay for the duration of their career.

“But outside of that, you have players come here attracted to a huge club to win and to play at the highest level with a view to moving on.

“But what will never change will be the identity that we put in place, the purpose we have and there will be a core group that will drive that.

“When one player goes the job then is to be ready to bring in the next one of quality.

“As long as they are hungry and coachable and willing to learn we will develop them to a certain level.

“Of course, every manager from time to time will always have that little frustration of wanting a player in. But it doesn’t happen like that.”

Rodgers added: “The club have had a very clear structure of how they work. These last couple of years have been great years for us.

“I have got no reason not to ever believe that club don’t want that, either.

“They have supported me extremely well since I have been here. There is not a huge reforming that needs doing.

“I can understand the supporters’ perspective. The modern game now is very much about signings and lots of signings. But I think our supporters will probably be thankful that we have continuity.

“We’ve got a core that really connect to how we work, but we have to bring in quality.”

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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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