Chris Sutton: Celtic need to sign goalkeeper and centre-back

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Chris Sutton believes Brendan Rodgers must sign a new centre-back and goalkeeper in the summer to improve Celtic’s Champions League hopes.

Rodgers is likely to be active in the summer in order to bolster his side, as he looks to replicate this season’s unrivalled success that saw the Hoops go unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership.

Speaking to BT Sport Football’s Periscope channel, former Bhoys striker Sutton called on Rodgers to bolster his goalkeeping and centre-back options as he does not trust Craig Gordon and Dedryck Boyata, 26.

He also highlighted the importance of keeping academy graduate Kieran Tierney, as they 19-year-old continues to be reportedly interesting a number of the English Premier League’s biggest sides.

“I think Celtic need a goalkeeper, Gordon has had a good season. But I’m not completely convinced by Gordon, he’s had a good season but I don’t trust him,” Sutton said.

“Similarly, I think they need a centre-back. Dedryck Boyata scares me when he is in possession. Those two positions are key, but I think keeping Kieran Tierney is vital.”

Belgium international Boyata had been ostracised by Rodgers in the first half of the season but returned to play a crucial part in the Hoops’ side, keeping 13 clean sheets in 21 league and cup encounters.

Former Sunderland goalkeeper Gordon has also enjoyed a strong season, keeping a huge 28 clean sheets in 54 matches as he kept the likes of Dorus de Vries and Logan Bailly on the sidelines.

The Sun claims both Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in teenage left-back Tierney, but the Hoops star has a contract on Parkhead until the summer of 2021.

Celtic are next in action against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final on Saturday afternoon, as they look to brush aside Derek McInnes’ side in order to complete a sublime treble in Rodgers’ first season north of the border.

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