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Rodgers: Celtic working hard to make quality signings

Brendan Rodgers also said he's keen to keep hold of James Forrest and Dedryck Boyata.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers said the club were fully aware his focus lies with on-pitch matters as the Scottish champions look to add "quality" to their squad.

The Hoops take on Rosenborg on Wednesday evening as they look to hold on to their 3-1 advantage from the first leg of the Champions League second round qualifier.

A move for Australian playmaker Daniel Arzani was thought to be close to completion at the end of last week, while Celtic have had three bids rejected for Hibs midfielder John McGinn.

However, speaking ahead of the Trondheim fixture, Rodgers said he isn't aware of any imminent arrivals in Glasgow's east end.

Asked if any signings were close, Rodgers said: "Not that I'm aware, the club are fully aware that my focus has been very much with the squad of players because that is essentially what we have to work with.

"However, I believe the club are working very hard to try and get the right level of quality in, that's what we're after.

"It's not easy, we don't want to be stockpiling players at Celtic, we need to bring in players that are going to help the squad.

"They do need help but it has to be the right level of quality and there's a lot of work going on behind-the-scenes to bring that quality in."

Whether Dedryck decides he wants to move on after this year then that'll be up to him and his representatives.
Rodgers on Dedryck Boyata's future at Celtic

The Northern Irishman insisted there has been no change to how the Hoops go about their business in the transfer market, adding that the coaching staff continue to hold responsibility over identifying targets.

"Nothing, no, it's exactly the same as when I walked in," said Rodgers.

"We'll identify firstly the players that fit the profile of the club, and how we play.

"Once we've found the player, it's over to the club to try and do a deal to bring the player in.

"It's a simple as that, there's no confusion or change."

Defender Dedryck Boyata and winger James Forrest are two of Celtic's key players entering the final twelve months of their current Parkhead deals.

Rodgers said talks are ongoing with Boyata over extended his stay, but that the ball was firmly in the Belgian's court.

He said: "I had a long chat with him yesterday, he's in a good place and we want to keep him for as long as we can, that's important

"Whether he decides he wants to move on after this year then that'll be up to him and his representatives.

"But my priority is getting him fit and back Into the team again because he's a top class player and for however long he's at Celtic we just want to keep him working and give him the best."

Rodgers praised Forrest's contribution since he took over at Parkhead and said the Scotland star still has his best years ahead of him.

On Forrest, he added: "In terms of James, he's clearly a player we'd love to keep. He's been outstanding in my time here, not just in games but in training too.

"You can see how much he wants to improve and I think his best years are still ahead of him so I'm sure the club will be working with James representatives to tie him down to a longer deal."

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