Many Celtic fans were left with the club’s transfer business over the summer. When Brendan Rodgers was appointed for a second run as the manager of the club, there were rumours floating in the media about a blockbuster budget and record-breaking bids. None of that came true. Instead, the Hoops stuck to bringing in highly-rated youngsters with a lot of potential.
Celtic supporters wanted the club to sign established players and it was clear to see why in their Champions League group stage opener against Feyenoord. The Hoops’ inexperience was on show as Gustaf Lagerbielke and Odin Thiago Holm picked up very avoidable red cards. They ultimately lost 2-0 to the Dutch champions.
The most experienced player Celtic signed over the summer was Nat Phillips. Even he had a bit-part role at Liverpool and was brought in only on a half-season loan deal, with several of the Hoops’ centre-backs out injured.
Many have wondered what Rodgers made of the entire situation. And the Northern Irishman has now shed some light on his thoughts.
Celtic boss makes brutally honest admission about summer signings
As reported by Sky Sports, when asked if he was content with the summer transfer business, Rodgers said:
"“No. No, I think if you ask any manager they will always be wanting more, of course.“But we work with the players that are here. I’m not saying that in any disrespectful way, I think every manager will tell you they maybe wished they could have done one or two more signings.“The window closed, we had the players we had in and I’m a coaching manager and we will work with the very, very best players at our disposal to make our performance level the best we can possibly be.“And now we are preparing already for the January window and the summer window.”"
That does not sound like a manager who was satisfied with the club’s summer transfer business. It seems that the Northern Irishman wanted more additions, even though the club did bring in nine new players, seven on a permanent basis on two on loan.
The summer transfer window is now closed and there is not much that can be done immediately, expect look at free agents. It will be interesting to see what kind of approach the club take in the January transfer window.
While Ange Postecoglou was at the club, Celtic always seemed to be a couple of steps ahead. Will that continue under the management of Rodgers?