Date: 16th December 2018 at 9:07am
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Brendan Rodgers has sent out an early transfer window marker- he wants two new strikers.

The summer transfer window was a missed opportunity for Celtic as they missed out on transfer targets and got knocked out of the Champions League at the third qualifying round.

Ideally the January transfer window is the period to bring in reinforcements with the summer a juggling act of team building alongside vital European qualifiers.

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After securing Odsonne Edouard from Paris Saint Germain for £9m Celtic failed to add to their squad until transfer deadline day when Youssouf Mulumbu and Filip Benkovic arrived with the young Croatian signing on loan from Leicester.

At last month’s AGM Peter Lawwell told shareholders that the summer window had been frustrating.

By his side Rodgers praised the work being done in the boardroom with next months window the opportunity to put right the summer frustrations.

Outlining his transfer expectations the Celtic boss told the Daily Record: “There’s no doubt Leigh’s absence focuses things a little bit in terms of strikers. We might need to bring in two more because we want three strikers to be competing for places.

We know we can’t go through the number of games we have and at the intensity at which we play with the same striker so we will definitely look at that.

It’s always been a focus but this narrows our focus.

It’s about availability. January is a very hard?window in which to get players in but we will have to reinforce.”

As well as strikers Rodgers is expected to be looking to bring in defenders with Benkovic and Dedryck Boyata almost certain to leave in the summer, Mikael Lustig is out of contract in June although Celtic does have a 12 month option of his contract.