Saturday 16 December 2017

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers offers damning response to Bastian Schweinsteiger rumours

Brendan Rodgers and Bastian Schweinsteiger
Brendan Rodgers and Bastian Schweinsteiger
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has offered a pretty damning response to rumours that he is weighing up a bid for Manchester United outcast Bastian Schweinsteiger.

German World Cup winner Schweinsteiger has been informed by United manager Jose Mourinho that he has no place in his plans at Old Trafford, amid suggestions that a move to America’s MLS may be next for the 32-year-old midfielder.

Celtic have also been rumoured to be in the mix to sign Schweinsteiger of they successfully navigate a route to the Champions League group stages by seeing off Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the play-off round.

Celtic head into the second leg on Tuesday night as firm favourites to progress after establishing a 5-2 lead in the first match between the two sides last week, but Rodgers has suggested that cash windfall guaranteed from Champions League qualification will not see star names arriving in Glasgow.

“I can get you a marquee signing but they’ve got to be able to press and they’ve got to be able to run,” Rodgers told the Glasgow Evening Times, when asked about the Schweinsteiger rumours.

“It doesn’t have to be a marquee signing. I think we have brought in some really top talents who have come in and excited the supporters.

“For me it’s never been about the name. But of course if the name is big and he can play, then great, but for me it’s about having the right profile of player who can come in.

“The market explodes doesn’t it, the whole thing explodes when you make the Champions League, but we have to get there first. That’s our message. We’ve put ourselves in a brilliant position if you look across Europe at the scores in the Champions League or the Europa League and we are in a great position.”

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