Brendan Rodgers feels that Celtic can finally fill the emptiness that Moussa Dembele left behind after threefold signing
& # 39; We did a little ago when Moussa left in the summer, but I'm happy with these three & # 39 ;: Brendan Rodgers feels that Celtic can finally fill the void that Moussa Dembele left behind after triple signing
- Celtic signed Vakoun Issouf Bayo plus Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah on loan
- Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers believes that the three Moussa Dembele will be replaced
- The French striker moved to Lyon on the last day of the summer transfer window
- The leaders of the Scottish Premiership are at a training camp for hot weather in Dubai
Andy Newport, Press Association Sport
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers admits that he had to sign three new attackers to eventually replace Moussa Dembele.
Vakoun Issouf Bayo has become the new recruit of the Parkhead manager after joining the Scottish champions' winter camp at Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah in Dubai.
De Hoops beat the competition from Parma and Rapid Vienna to Ivory Coast striker Bayo in a reported £ 2 million move.
Timothy Weah is on loan from Paris Saint-Germain and will reinforce Celtic's attack
Boss Brendan Rodgers is pleased with the offensive options now available in his squadron
West Brom forward Burke and Paris St Germain younger Weah – son of former world player of the year George – will see the season in Glasgow after sealing their own switches.
The newcomers are a welcome incentive for Rodgers after a frustrating first half of the season in which main goal threat Odsonne Edouard struggled with injuries and consistency, while Leigh Griffiths takes the time to focus on personal problems.
And Rodgers also admits that his side has made efforts to replace the power and speed that Dembele offered before he left in a move of £ 19.7 million to Lyon in August last year.
But now that there are three new options available to him, the Northern Irish is sure that his party has all the firepower they need if they look ahead to the second part of the campaign.
Vakoun Issouf Bao completed a move to Celtic subject to medical and international permission
Oliver Burke will play at Celtic for the remainder of the season after completing a West Brom loan
Rodgers told CelticTV: "We are a team that plays an aggressive game, an attacking game and I felt that this was an area where we were too short about our options.
So bringing the young Oliver and Timothy will increase that in both the central and the broad areas, just like the young Bayo and he gives us a physicality with his presence and speed.
& # 39; It gives us more options with the systems we play. The style will always be the same, but it increases the way we can play.
& # 39; We did a little ago when Moussa left in the summer, but I'm happy with these three. & # 39;
Captain Scott Brown gets involved in a practice match in the club's warm weather camp
Rodgers gives instructions to his players if they break with the Scottish Premiership promotion
Weah and Celtic youth product Mikey Johnston enter into discussion during a water break
Bayo was much in demand after starting the season with 18 goals in 23 matches for Slovakian side Dunajska Streda.
But Celtic threw down their rivals to hold the 21-year-old's signature and an elated Rodgers added: "It's a good signing for the club. He is a player in the future because we wanted to enlarge our options in the front line for the second part of the season.
& # 39; He is a young player who has scored goals, he is broken into the national team of Ivory Coast and Kolo Toure knows him well.
& # 39; He is a player who can develop the club and we look forward to working with him. & # 39;
The addition of Weah, son of George, will put pressure on Scott Sinclair (L)
After signing three attackers, Celtic may also want to make a right back to challenge Mikael Lustig
Celtic return to action when they organize Airdrieonians in Scottish Cup fourth round on January 19th