Rodgers won't rule out move for Paddy McNair, hints at interest in Aston Villa ace Scott Sinclair

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the match

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has addressed rumours surrounding two transfer targets.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers before the matchCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told The Scottish Herald that he can't rule out moves for Manchester United's Paddy McNair or Aston Villa forward Scott Sinclair.

The Bhoys were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening, as whilst Leigh Griffiths equalised after Arda Turan's opener, an Efe Ambrose own goal and a strike from Munir El Haddadi handed the Catalan giants the win.

Manchester United's Paddy McNair shoots at goalManchester United's Paddy McNair shoots at goal

Celtic have yet to win in their two International Champions Cup games, but the key fixture comes on Wednesday when Brendan Rodgers' men face Astana in the second leg of their Champions League qualifying clash.

Before then, Rodgers may hope to complete some transfer business, and two names are being linked with moves to join the Bhoys from English clubs.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

The first is Manchester United youngster Paddy McNair. The 21-year-old is on the fringes of the United side and looks set to leave Old Trafford this summer, even if only on loan - and some believe McNair could end up at Celtic.

Capable of playing at centre back, right back and in holding midfield, McNair would be a versatile option for the Bhoys, whilst working with his fellow Northern Irishman Rodgers could be appealing - and when asked about a move for McNair, Rodgers refused to rule it out.

“I can’t deny or say yes or no that because there have been so many players who have been thrown our way or linked with Celtic so I can’t comment on everyone," Rodgers told The Scottish Herald.

Scott Sinclair celebrates after scoring the first goal for Aston Villa from the penalty spotScott Sinclair celebrates after scoring for Aston Villa from the penalty spot

The second player is Aston Villa's Scott Sinclair. This long-running saga shows no sign of ending any time soon, with the Daily Mail claiming that Villa have rejected four bids from Celtic - the final of which was worth £2.75m - for the 27-year-old winger.

Rodgers was asked about the situation, and having worked with Sinclair at Chelsea and Swansea, he admitted that he knows the player well - but until a deal is done, he isn't willing to talk about the player.

"Scotty is a young talented lad that I know really well but he is still an Aston Villa player. Until anything done there is nothing to say," added Rodgers.

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