Brendan Rodgers must be rueing decision not to attempt to sign Danny Ings for Celtic

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said during the summer that he wasn’t going to make a move for then-Liverpool striker Danny Ings as it wasn’t a position that needed strengthening, but the Northern Irishman should already be regretting his decision.

What’s the word, then?

Well, according to an interview via The Scottish Sun in June, Rodgers was asked whether he would be interested in signing the player he brought to Anfield in 2015, but he explained with Moussa Dembele, Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard in his ranks that he didn’t need another centre-forward.

Of course, at that stage he may not have known that Dembele would eventually get the exit that he wanted on the final day of the transfer window, and Ings joined Southampton before the Premier League window closed on August 9.

Celtic have endured a difficult start to the campaign having been knocked out of the Champions League at the qualification stage, as well as having lost two of their opening six Scottish Premiership matches to lie behind Rangers and six points adrift of leaders Hearts in the standings.

Why has Rodgers made a mistake?

It’s clear that the Bhoys are looking a little short up front now without Dembele, with Edouard going six matches without finding the net for the Glasgow giants.

While Rodgers perhaps didn’t need an extra body when he had Dembele, if he knew that the Frenchman was determined to leave then he should have cashed in on the highly-rated striker earlier and then linked up with Ings again – a player who could have made the difference for them both in the Champions League and in the title race this term.

The 26-year-old has already netted three times following his move to St Mary’s, and Rodgers will surely be rueing his decision not to have attempted to bring the former Burnley man to Celtic Park.