When Celtic brought back Brendan Rodgers for a second stint at Parkhead, the hope was that the Hoops were looking to take their game to the next level. For that to happen, they would have to make some significant moves in the summer transfer window. There were rumours that the club were ready to break their records and make some major additions to the squad in order to make a genuine impact at the Champions League level.
Despite the rumours, none of that ended up happening. Instead, Celtic continued to bring in highly-rated youngsters.
Out of the nine signings that they made in the summer, only Luis Palma seems to be ready to start for Celtic. Kwon Hyeok-kyu and Marco Tilio have not even played a single minute of football since arriving.
There has also been speculation that some of the players were signed by the club in the summer even though Rodgers did not select them. But it looks like those rumours are completely misplaced and the Northern Irishman is the one making the final decision.
Rodgers dismisses Celtic transfer rumour
As reported by The Herald, Rodgers said:
"“No player has been pushed onto me. We have a structure and set up and we are planning for longer term in our signing strategy.“I make the final decision on whether we sign a player.”"
It is way too early to give up on the players signed in the summer. They are ‘project’ signings. And projects take time to show results.
We have seen the likes of Odin Thiago Holm, Yang Hyun-jun, Gustaf Lagerbielke, Maik Nawrocki, Paulo Bernardo and others show flashes of quality and potential. But it is not easy to get into a team like Celtic, where the expectation is to win almost every game. So, it will take them some time to adjust to their new surroundings.
It is good to know that Rodgers is on board with all the signings. At the end of the day, the manager is the one picking the team.