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Rodgers was 'happy' for Lagerbielke to leave before Carter-Vickers injury

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says he was "happy" for defender Gustaf Lagerbielke to leave the club in January, only for Cameron Carter-Vickers' injury to scupper any potential move.

The Swedish defender was reportedly signed for £3m in the summer, but has made just six league appearances, and has only featured once in the league since September.

"We had interest on Gustaf for a few weeks and I was happy for him to go, but only when everything in house was taken care of," Rodgers said.

"Purely because of the history of our centre-halves in the first half of the season. Cam, Maik [Nawrocki], and Stephen Welsh have been injured for significant periods.

"The last thing I wanted to do is send a guy out until I was sure those guys could be fit. Cam picks up his injury and at that point I can’t let him go out. I have to look after the squad for the second part of the season.

"It’s tough on Gustaf because he wants to play but I have to look after the squad."

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