Celtic may sign a new defender in the transfer market due to injuries, says Brendan Rodgers Rodgers

Celtic defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers, Maik Nawrocki and Stephen Welsh
Celtic defenders Cameron Carter-Vickers, Maik Nawrocki and Stephen Welsh are all facing a spell on the sidelines.

Celtic will "look at" recruiting a new defender after three players were ruled out for eight weeks, says boss Brendan Rodgers.

Cameron Carter-Vickers, Maik Nawrocki and Stephen Welsh are all expected to be missing until October.

Fellow defender Yuki Kobayashi and midfielder Reo Hatate are set to return after next month's international break.

"It's an area we're light in," Rodgers said of his defence before Saturday's visit of St Johnstone.

"We have to look at it, no doubt. Obviously [it's] disappointing for us.

"Stephen Welsh had an operation just the other day so he's come through that well. The other two, we hoped they'd be back sooner."

The defending Scottish Premiership champions are boosted by the return of Canada right-back Alistair Johnston against Saints while winger Mikey Johnston is nearing a comeback.