Brendan Rodgers’ first signings for Celtic are going to be crucial.
The Hoops this afternoon unveiled 43-year-old Rodgers as the club’s new manager, replacing Ronny Deila on a 12 month rolling contract.
The Northern Irishman’s first task will be in the transfer market where he will need to improve the current pool of players available to him.
The make-up of the northern Irishman’s new group is all wrong. Too big and stacked in the wrong areas, it left Deila looking like he had no idea what his strongest line-up was.
While short on options at the back and with only one credible striking option in 40-goal Leigh Griffiths, the new boss has 17 midfielders to choose from – plus another five out on loan at other clubs.
Rodgers will have to quickly strip out the dead wood and beef up the defence and forward areas.
Deila wasted almost £4million on flops Stefan Scepovic and Nadir Ciftci, with more spent on the likes of Tyler Blackett, Saidy Janko, Colin Kazim-Richards, Carlton Cole and Dedryck Boyata amongst others, who have all disappointed.
Rodgers next must produce a much better success rate in the transfer market.
At Liverpool, Rodgers, alongside the transfer committee of Michael Edwards, Ian Ayre, Michael Gordon, Dave Fallows and Barry Hunter, oversaw the signing of 33 players.
Those signings totalled an eye-watering £292,050,000. Safe to say Rodgers is aware his budget won’t be anywhere near as generous in the east end of Glasgow.
Listed below are his Liverpool signings – Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge proved to be inspired purchases but the likes of Oussama Assaidi, Iago Aspas and Mario Balotelli didn’t work out quite so well.
His first Liverpool signings were players he knew well and believed he could rely on but who ultimately disappointed, in the shape of Fabio Borini and Joe Allen. Celtic fans will be hoping that Rodgers’ first Celtic signings have more of an impact than his initial forays into the transfer market with Liverpool.
All 33 of Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool signings
Fabio Borini from Roma for £10,400,000 , July 2012
Joe Allen from Swansea City for £15,000,000, August 2012
Oussama Assaidi from Heerenveen for £3,000,000, August 2012
Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid on loan, August 2012
Samed Yesil from Bayer Leverkusen for £1,000,000, August 2012
Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for £12,000,000, January 2013
Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan for £8,500,000, January 2013
Luis Alberto from Sevilla for £6,800,000, June 2013
Iago Aspas from Celta Vigo for £7,000,000, June 2013
Simon Mignolet from Sunderland for £9,000,000, June 2013
Kolo Touré, free transfer, July 2013
Aly Cissokho from Valencia on loan, August 2013
Mamadou Sakho from Paris St Germain for £15,000,000, September 2013
Tiago Ilori from Sporting Lisbon for £7,000,000, September 2013
Victor Moses from Chelsea on loan, September 2013
Rickie Lambert from Southampton for £4,500,000, June 2014
Adam Lallana from Southampton £25,000,000, July 2014
Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen £9,750,000, July 2014
Kevin Stewart free transfer, July 2014
Lazar Markovic from Benfica for £19,800,000, July 2014
Dejan Lovren from Southampton for £20,000,000, July 2014
Divock Origi from Lille for £9,800,000, July 2014
Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid on Loan, August 2014
Alberto Moreno from Sevilla for £12,000,000, August 2014
Mario Balotelli from AC Milan for £16,000,000, August 2014
Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic for £6,000,000, June 2015
Adam Bogdan, free transfer, July 2015
Danny Ings, from Burnley for £6million, July 2015
James Milner, free transfer, July 2015
Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton for £12,500,000, July 2015
Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim for £29,000,000, July 2015
Christian Benteke from Aston Villa for £32,500,000, July 2015
Allan Rodrigues de Souza from Internacional for £500,000, September 2015