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Brendan Rodgers Updates Fans on Paddy Roberts and ‘Number of Other Targets’

Brendan Rodgers Updates Fans on Paddy Roberts and ‘Number of Other Targets’

Brendan Rodgers has updated Celtic supporters on the club’s pursuit of Patrick Roberts, and any other transfer targets, ahead of this week’s crucial Champions League qualifier.

The Hoops are facing Kazakhstan cracks Astana at Parkhead tomorrow night in the first-leg of the Champions League playoff round, and the deadline for any ‘wildcard’ signings to play in that match is 11pm on Tuesday.

Speculation has raged for several months over whether or not Patrick Roberts will return to Glasgow for the 2017/18 campaign, and speaking to the media today, Rodgers couldn’t provide any kind of significant update, but did admit signing the winger wasn’t his only objective.

Speaking via Clyde 1 Radio, he said: “Patrick’s situation is pretty clear.

“He’s out with Manchester City at the moment. We have a number of targets we’re looking at but there is nothing to report on any specific player.

“For any player the deadline is 11 o’clock tonight but I’m quite relaxed. We know what we want.

“My main objective over the course of this market was by the end of August to have a squad available that was ready for the season ahead.

“We always hoped that we could get one or two in. We got a few in but we need more, there’s no doubt about that.

“But I said right at the beginning that qualification for the Champions League was primarily going to be done with the players that got us there.

“These are players that are developing, that are improving, that have a total understanding of how we work.

“Clearly we are missing some players that are decisive for us and we want to make the squad stronger.

“But that only happens when you have two parties that are willing to work together to get the deal done.”

The second-leg against Astana is on August 22, when Celtic will know which European competition they’ll be playing in between now and Christmas.

Perhaps qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League could help swell Rodgers’ transfer kitty and make sure Roberts or an equivalent player is signed.

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