CELTIC have made inroads to bring Scott Bain into the club to solve their goalkeeping crisis, while a further bid is also believed to have been made for Dundee defender Jack Hendry.

Celtic were originally rebuffed in their efforts to sign Hendry with a £500k offer rejected by the Dens Park club in the opening days of the transfer window. 

The Parkhead side are believed to have doubled that offer as they seek to get the 22-year-old into the club before the window closes.

Celtic were linked with a move for Emi Martinez yesterday, but the third-choice Arsenal keeper, who is currently on loan at Getafe, is believed to be on his way to Leeds. The Hoops also made a bid for Trevor Carson, a £200k offer that Motherwell turned down. 

The Parkhead side have been left short at the back following the weekend injury to Craig Gordon, with Bain emerging as a target. Bain is currently on loan at Hibs from Dundee and it is believed that the Edinburgh side would have to agree to end their agreement with Neil McCann’s side in order for Celtic to move in for the keeper. The 26-year-old is out of contract this summer and has yet to feature for Hibs this term. 

“There are a lot of names fired at us,” said Rodgers. “We will have one in by end of play.

“I could sit here and all day and go through the names but he (Bain) is one of many mentioned. We want a goalkeeper that fits our idea of how we play. That’s important.

“Whoever comes in has to be able to play with his feet and build the game but, most importantly, make saves.”

Meanwhile, Rodgers has revealed a sit down talk with Moussa Dembele this week was behind the striker’s best performance for Celtic in recent weeks, while the Hoops boss could also look to Scott Bain to solve his goalkeeping conundrum. 

Dembele claimed two assists as well as his first goal since the end of November with a fine display in last night’s 3-1 win over Hearts. His performance came after a month of speculation regarding his future but with clarity over that resolved, Rodgers revealed a heart-to-heart with the player was behind his display last night.

“We sat down during the week and had a chat over a few days,” said Rodgers. “We pulled together some videos of his work and talked about his strengths.

“Through everything that’s gone on he’s maybe come away from those strengths so it was a case of breaking it down and highlighting the type of player he is.

“When he’s pressing and on the line the he’s very hard to cope with. That was much more like him.”

And Rodgers was enthused by Celtic’s overall performance against Hearts, a game that saw Charly Musonda made his debut for the club.

“It is going to take him a wee bit of time just to find the rhythm of new team-mates,” said Rodgers. “But you see his qualities. He has that creative imagination to open the game up.

“It was nice for him to feel the crowd and the support here. He will be a great addition for us.”

The Celtic manager has also insisted that Eboue Kouassi can expect to feature in the second half of the campaign more often than he did in the first.

“In this window I had a choice,” said Rodgers. “Get him out and get him games – and a host of teams wanted to take him on loan – or play him. He has intensity and quality.”