Sport Rodgers explains how Celtic missed out on John McGinn

14:40  10 august  2018
14:40  10 august  2018 Source:   readsport.co

Rodgers admits that Celtic are weaker than they were last season

  Rodgers admits that Celtic are weaker than they were last season Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has said that his side are not as strong as they were last season and that they are desperately trying to add to their squad this summer, Vital Celtic reports. Celtic have made just one signing this summer after completing the permanent deal of Odsonne Edouard after a successful loan spell at the club last season. The club have faced a fair bit of criticism so far this summer due to their lack of activity in the transfer window, especially due to the fact that first-team players Stuart Armstrong and Erik Sviatchenko have been allowed to depart. Rodgers has now admitted that the squad is weaker than it was last year but that the club do not have the funds available to go over the top on transfer fees. As quoted by The Daily Record, Rodgers said: “We’ve got a core that really connect to how we work but we have to bring in quality.” “Now that’s then what goes over to the club, and then the club will look to then do their best, which I believe they are, their very best, to get the level of quality that we need in and that’s going to help us improve because that’s what’s important.” “I love working with the players that we have. Continuity in football sometimes gets forgotten about because people just want to recycle players.” “But when you get to a state like our club is in, which is very healthy, very strong, lots of great value within the squad, with lots of growth left in them, that’s great.” “Our job is to improve that. You also need to strengthen. We aren’t as strong a squad as what we were last year.” “We have lost players. I think everyone can see that, but the club know that as well. We all push to try to get in the best quality that we can to make us better.” “The players that we have need help. We are down on what we were.

Brendan Rodgers has bemoaned Celtic ’s ability to complete a deal to sign John McGinn this summer. The player has been given permission to discuss a move to Villa Park with Steve Bruce, with Celtic looking set to miss out .

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers cut a frustrated figure when he was quizzed about John McGinn’s decision to join Aston Villa.

According to the Daily Record, Rodgers hinted that the chance to play in England could behind his decision to turn down a move to Celtic, despite being a boyhood fan of the club.

“I spoke to John at length on Wednesday just to wish him all the very best. It’s a great move for him. There’s disappointment for us – especially when you are a lifelong Celtic supporter.”

“But he is joining another illustrious club with a great history, a good boss and has the chance to play in England. He has developed a lot in the last couple of years. He is a prime age at 23 and I wish him all the very best.”

Rodgers wants to tie Forrest and Boyata to new deals

  Rodgers wants to tie Forrest and Boyata to new deals Brendan Rodgers wants to sign midfielder James Forrest to a new deal at Celtic, according to the Daily Record. Talks are reportedly underway with Forrest over a new deal, with Rodgers looking to tie down a key player for Celtic. The midfielder was a key part of the double treble winning teams, and Brendan Rodgers is now looking to secure a new contract for the midfielder. Rodgers is also looking at securing a deal for Dedryck Boyata, after the Belgian defender returned from the World Cup. Boyata isn’t ready to return to action just yet, but Rodgers is looking to get him a new deal at Celtic Park to commit the player to the club. Speaking about the player’s return, Rodgers said: “It is great to have Dedryck back. He had an excellent World Cup and gained valuable experience.” “He looks fit and strong but of course just needs a bit of time.” “The talks have been on-going. I had a long chat with Dedryck yesterday and he is in a good place.” “We want to keep him for as long as we can, that is important.” “Whether he decides he wants to move on after this year, that will be up to him and his representative.

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John McGinn (born 18 October 1994) is a Scottish footballer, who plays as a midfielder for EFL Championship club Aston Villa and the Scotland national football team.

McGinn completed a move to Aston Villa yesterday after being linked with a move away from Hibernian throughout the summer.

Celtic were heavily tipped as the front-runners to sign the player, but a move looked increasingly unlikely as Hibernian stood firm in their valuation of the midfielder.

The player was given permission to travel to Villa and discuss a move to the Championship hopefuls, but it was also suggested that the Hoops matched Steve Bruce’s offer for the player, leaving the player with the decision to make.

Rodgers: "We should have strengthened" .
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers admits that his side should have strengthened this summer after they were knocked out of Champions League qualifying stages last night, the BBC reports. Rodgers’ side lost 3-2 on aggregate to Greek side AEK Athens, failing to qualify for the Champions League group stages for the first time under his managerial reign. Celtic missed out on signing several high-profile transfer targets this summer and Rodgers has admitted that his side have suffered as a result. “You have to always guard against becoming complacent. You do that by adding to the squad. It’s pretty obvious, you have to keep progressing and keep getting stronger.” “You only need to look at Liverpool, who got to the Champions League final and invested the money they had to be stronger.” The Scottish giants earned around £30m last season after reaching the Champions League group stages, and were in line to earn more this campaign after Uefa announced a 50% increase in prize money for the competition. However, Celtic have now dropped into the Europa League play-off round where they will face either Latvia’s Spartaks Jurmala or Suduva of Lithuania. The prize money for winning that tie is just £2.6m, compared to £13.6m were they to have reached the Champions League group stage. However, Rodgers is still hoping to make a couple of new signings before the transfer window shuts. “We’ve been unfortunate in missing some of our key players.

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