Brendan Rodgers has addressed rumours that Celtic could be in the market to sign Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger – and emphatically denied any interest.
The German World Cup winner, 32, is known to be on the lookout for a new club this summer, after United boss Jose Mourinho told him he didn’t feature in his plans for the coming season, and sent him to train with the reserves.
That led to whispers on social media that the former Bayern Munich man could be heading to Glasgow for an unlikely swansong in Scotland if Celtic qualified for the Champions League.
Should the Hoops see off Hapoel Be’er Sheva in Israel on Tuesday night – and they already lead 5-2 on aggregate – then Celtic will return to the group stages for the first time in three years, but Rodgers insists that even if his transfer kitty is inflated, he won’t be shelling out for Schweinsteiger.
When asked about the rumours by the Evening Times, he said:
“I can get you a marquee signing but they’ve got to be able to press and they’ve got to be able to run.
“I think we have brought in some really top talents who have come in and excited the supporters.
“For me it’s never been about the name. But of course if the name is big and he can play, then great, but for me it’s about having the right profile of player who can come in.
“No matter the age they have to be hungry in every single game and every training session and that’s what I always look for.”
So there you have it. Sorry Bastian.
Celtic have also been linked with a move for Everton midfielder James McCarthy – but who do you think they should sign before August 31? Which area of the team could do with a boost?