Date: 26th November 2016 at 10:35am
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Chris Sutton believes that Brendan Rodgers needs FOUR new players for next season’s Champions League campaign.

During the summer transfer window the new Celtic boss brought in five signings although Dorus de Vries and Cristian Gamboa have had to settle for back up roles.

Rodgers has been thinning down the squad that he inherited from Ronny Deila with the emphasis being in bringing in players ready to make an impact.

After six months in charge and successfully taking the squad into the group phase of the Champions League Rodgers knows exactly where he needs to strengthen.

Sutton has watched in admiration how the Irishman has revived a squad that looked flat out and is looking forward to the next phase of the Rodgers plan.

Reflecting on the defeat from Barcelona Sutton told the Daily Record: “It was always going to be a big ask against Barcelona the other night. You sensed they had another few gears if they needed but Celtic did decent job of containing them at times.

They has the odd chance as well but the result was never really in doubt.

Barcelona are a cut about but Rodgers will have learned a lot about his side. He know knows the players that are not quite up to it at that level and it will be interesting to see what he does in January.

I think Rodgers is still three or four players away and he’ll need to be backed.”

Sutton will be at Hampden tomorrow as part of the BT Sport team covering the Betfred Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen as Rodgers goes for the first trophy of the season.

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