Date: 15th November 2017 at 2:43pm
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Brendan Rodgers is planning to bring in a centre half in January.

The Irishman was given a heroes welcome at Celtic’s AGM and delivered a polished performance that clearly wasn’t scripted.

After the usual type of questions that are reserved for these occasions chairman Ian Bankier reminded fans that they had the manager available to question.

Following a lengthy introduction explaining that he was from six generations of Celtic fans one shareholder expressed his concerns about the fitness issues effecting central defenders.

It would have been easy for Rodgers to sidestep the issue and defend his players but with two appearances out of a possible eight in the Champions League is clear that the Irishman has ran out of patience with Jozo Simunovic and Erik Sviatchenko.

For two pre-seasons running we’ve been re-jigging the defence in pre-season, its not ideal,” the Celtic boss told shareholders.

We have to do two things, one, to look at the extent of the injury, then two it’s quite unique to be without two or three centre-half’s missing at the same time.

Last season I was able to bring in Kolo Toure who I knew well. He’s 35 and was ready to play but there’s not too many of those types around.

I would hope that we can get another centre half. We have to get in a good centre-half but they need to be available. There’s no doubt that it’s a position that we are looking at.”

Rodgers praised Nir Bitton for stepping back into defence from midfield and claimed that some of the Israeli’s critics were waiting for him to fail to prove their point.