Brendan Rodgers had a brutal response to question about Celtic signing Schweinsteiger

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Frozen out by Jose Mourinho and currently training with the reserves, there is no doubt that Bastian Schweinsteiger's Manchester United career is over.

But, while Mourinho might not think him capable of performing at the top level of English football, you'd think a man with Schweinsteiger's illustrious CV would be the perfect addition for a club like Celtic as they look to progress in Europe and fight off competition from Rangers in Scotland.

Not according to the Hoops' boss Brendan Rodgers, however. That's after the former Liverpool boss rejected the idea - handing out a pretty brutal burn to Schweinsteiger in the process.


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As reported by the Glasgow Evening Times, Rodgers was quizzed by reporters about the possibility of signing a big name player, with the former Bayern Munich and Germany captain one of those mentioned.

"I don’t need a marquee signing that can’t run," came Rodgers fairly blunt reply.

"I can get you a marquee signing but they’ve got to be able to press and they’ve got to be able to run.

"But, of course, if the name is big and he can play, then great, but for me it’s about having the right profile of player who can come in."

At 32-years-old, Schweinsteiger's age and, thus, a supposed inability to get around the pitch as he used to in his pomp, has been cited by many as a reason why Mourinho has kept him out of his plans at Manchester United.

However, although his one season in the Premier League was far from successful, the midfielder showed he could still compete at the elite level as he played a part for Germany as they made their way to the semi final of Euro 2016 this summer.

And, with 120 caps for the national side to his name, he would undoubtedly become one of the biggest names to sign for Celtic in recent years if Rodgers were to change his mind and make a move.

As it stands though, that appears very unlikely considering Rodgers' thinly veiled criticism of Schweinsteiger this week.

Just who will be willing to take the veteran off United's hands in the days to come remains to be seen.

With just over one week to go before the transfer window slams shut, Mourinho and Schweinsteiger alike will be hoping someone has a little more belief in his ability than Brendan Rodgers.

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