Brendan Rodgers says Celtic summer transfer changes are inevitable due to 'natural cycle'

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers
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Brendan Rodgers admits summer changes at Celtic are inevitable due to a 'natural cycle'.

The Hoops boss has made it clear he's in the market for 'quality' additions after last summer's project signings struggled to make their mark. Rodgers has identified priority positions for the Parkhead club to address, with a new No1 top of his wish list following Joe Hart's retirement.

And the Scottish champions are also braced for further departures, with star man Matt O'Riley likely to attract big-money offers in the coming weeks. Several fringe players including Oh Hyeon-gyu, Gustaf Lagerbielk and Sead Haksabanovic could also be shipped out in what promises to be a busy summer for the Glasgow giants.

Rodgers told Sky Sports: "I think there's going to be a natural change. Some of the players will have been here for three years. If you look at the cycle at Celtic, then there is normally that change in that sort of third year. It's getting another step in the types of profiles that I would want in the squad to allow us to progress and develop.

"For this season, I've been really proud of the team. And then come the summer, we'll look to add those bits of quality. Obviously we've lost the likes of Joe who has retired, so we'll have to fill that void as well. But it's a real bright future. We'll take that into pre-season and then we'll look to fly from the beginning of next season."