Brendan Rodgers has burdened he returned to Celtic to push the membership on in Europe – and is “very assured” they will signal gamers who may also help him obtain that aim.
The Hoops stay unbeaten within the Scottish Premiership this season however crashed out of Europe in midweek after a 2-0 defeat towards Lazio within the Champions League.
They’ve now gone 15 Champions League group video games with out victory, a run stretching again to Rodgers’ first spell in cost.
Luis Palma has been the standout success story of Celtic’s eight summer time signings, however they’ve collectively made solely 9 begins between them in 5 European video games.
The departure of Josip Juranovic, Giorgos Giamoukais, Jota, Aaron Mooy and Carl Starfelt has made it tough for Celtic to enhance on their earlier Champions League marketing campaign, once they collected two factors.
Rodgers stated: “There isn’t any doubt now that, one, the squad will come down in numbers and clearly we have to add high quality.
“There isn’t a dressing it up, the group misplaced actual high quality gamers in the summertime. That is one thing that over the approaching home windows we are going to look to enhance on.”
Celtic made a £40.7m revenue final season and followers are calling for extra money to be invested within the squad.
Rodgers added: “The supporters have each proper to demand the very best degree. That is what we demand right here additionally.
“The membership have been so properly run for therefore a few years and from a home perspective that is been highlighted in what the membership have achieved.
“I believe the subsequent step is the European aspect and that is why I got here again, to hopefully be capable of fulfil that in my time right here.
“I felt after I got here in right here in the summertime, with the squad that was already in place from final season, that we most likely wanted 4 gamers. By that I meant 4 high quality gamers so as to add to the squad.
“Now, how the sport works, you lose gamers, and there have been gamers that had been earmarked to return right here previous to me coming right here.
“That is completely effective, there isn’t any downside, we now have bought younger abilities right here that may develop and develop and that is the mannequin of the membership, however after all to proceed to enhance and develop it’s worthwhile to even have gamers who’re established
as a result of they assist carry these gamers up.
“And I’m very, very assured that we will do this over the approaching home windows.
“As soon as we get a few of our gamers again, Daizen (Maeda), Liel Abada, essential gamers for us, Reo Hatate when he comes again in January shall be like a brand new signing for us.
“However there isn’t any doubt we now have so as to add additional high quality. We do not want amount of gamers, you want high quality and that is the way you enhance.”
Rodgers added a caveat that January shouldn’t be the very best window to signal new gamers.
Forward of Sunday’s Scottish Premiership match towards St Johnstone, stay on Sky Sports activities, he stated: “My sole focus is the gamers we now have and maximising what they’re bringing to the sport. To this point this season, with out having a settled crew via accidents, the gamers have carried out domestically very properly and in Europe they’ve had some actually good moments.
“However the magnificence and pleasure for me is that I do know it would enhance and that is what I look ahead to.
“It would not essentially all need to be in January as a result of the best gamers won’t be accessible. It may be the summer time, however definitely over my time right here we need to enhance the depth and high quality.
“If in January we will do this, then I am fairly positive the membership will give us each probability to enhance the crew.”
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