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Celts won't be hitting panic button in transfer market: Davies

 

By Andy Newport

Brendan Rodgers will resist making a knee-jerk over-reaction to Celtic's first domestic defeat in 18 months, according to his right-hand man Chris Davies.

The Hoops' 69-game unbeaten run against Scottish opposition came to a shuddering halt on Sunday as Hearts produced a shock 4-0 win.

While the defeat has sparked tributes to the Parkhead side's incredible display of dominance, it has also led to speculation Rodgers may decide the time is right to start reshaping his squad.

RB Leipzig defender Marvin Compper has already touched down in Scotland as he looks to complete a £1million move.

But assistant boss Davies denied there would be sweeping changes, either tonight when the Hoops look to bounce back at home to Partick Thistle or when the transfer window reopens.

"I wouldn't say we will be overly busy next month to be honest," he said. "We'll recruit where needed and some players may move on as the squad evolves.

"We've lost one game in 70.

"If you said that in isolation then you wouldn't think there was major repair work needing done. The fact is we've had a really strong season, we've reached all our objectives in terms of staying at the top.

"There's no feeling that something needs to change."

Much of the criticism that has followed Celtic's torrid afternoon at Tynecastle has been focused on defensive pair Jozo Simunovic and Dedryck Boyata.

But Davies hit back, saying: "We all share the successes together. If you watch when we win a trophy, the manager rounds up as many people as he can - the kit guys, the players not in the squad, everybody - on the podium so that we're all up there, celebrating together.

"The reason that happens is because we share the set-backs together. We are looking at recruitment - and we can strengthen all over - but central defence isn't our only priority."

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