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Brendan Rodgers identifies the two qualities he needs to add to his Celtic squad

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

The Hoops boss is hoping to add new recruits in the coming weeks.

New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conferenceNew Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers during the press conference

Brendan Rodgers has identified ‘speed’ and ‘organisation’ as the two main qualities he needs to add to his Celtic squad, in quotes published by the Herald Scotland.

The Hoops have been slow to get their business over the line this summer, with Moussa Dembele the sole arrival in June, but Rodgers is clear about what he needs to bring in before the transfer window closes.

Fulham's Moussa Dembele has a shot at goalMoussa Dembele has a shot at goal

"There are areas I am looking at within the squad but my first job was to come in and respect the players who were here and assess the ones we have,” said the former Liverpool boss.

“It is pretty clear how I want to work. I want to bring in additions, of course, to get more speed into the team, and one or two to help with the organisation.”

The deficiencies in his squad were exposed in high-profile fashion, after the humiliating defeat to Gibraltan minnows Lincoln Red Imps last week, and improvements will need to be made if Celtic are to give a good account of themselves in Europe this season.

Celtic's Efe Ambrose looks dejected at the end of the matchCeltic's Efe Ambrose looks dejected at the end of the match

Several factors contributed to the shock defeat but it is clear that the Hoops lack a leader in the heart of defence and a pacey, creative figure to unlock stubborn defences.

Efe Ambrose once again showcased his fondness for calamitous moments and the sooner a replacement is brought in the better for Celtic’s prospects.

Manchester City's Fernando in action with Aston Villa's Scott SinclairManchester City's Fernando in action with Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair

Leigh Griffiths and Dembele have the makings of a strong partnership up front but their pace and threat in front of goal must be complimented by quality additions around them.

Recent reports – by the likes of the Sunday Post – have linked Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair with a move to Parkhead and he would certainly add a spark to the Hoops attack.

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