Rodgers praises Celtic duo despite doubts over their future

Brendan Rodgers has been quick to praise the abilities of both Tom Rogic and Stefan Johansen.

Both players are now in the last year of their contract at Celtic Park and one or both could depart before the end of the transfer window if they can’t agree new deals to stay with the Scottish champions:

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The Celtic boss is hoping that Australian international Rogic can develop further this season. The-24-year old has been linked with a move to Arsenal, along with a number of Championship clubs. Rodgers told the Daily Record:

“He has great skill and ability. He had a bad time with injuries and last season was just coming through that. Hopefully this term he can kick on again.”

Rodgers was equally enthusiastic about Norwegian midfielder Johansen, who is being courted by a number of German clubs and Galatasaray according to recent reports:

“I have to say, I haven’t seen a great deal of Johansen yet. But the elements I’ve seen and heard, I like. In training this week he has been outstanding.”

When asked specifically about their respective contract situations, Rodgers said that the power lies with the players and he mentioned England’s transfer market as being very different, commenting in regards to the higher wages English clubs can offer player:

“I’m relaxed about it. Of course, I want happy players who are committed to Celtic. But in modern football sometimes the strength is with the player. The markets in England are very different and we have to respect that. But for every second they are here they’ll respect how we work and have a responsibility to Celtic. That’s all I can do is as a coach. Whatever happens outside of that is not for me.”