Chris Davies believes that the Celtic board would back the management team to break the club’s record transfer fee.

Celtic’s biggest outlay for a player stands at £6m, a fee paid out for Chris Sutton and then also for John Hartson during Martin O’Neill’s tenure at the club. This summer’s fee of £4.5m for Olivier Ntcham was the highest transfer fee in a decade for Celtic.

However, Davies, assistant coach to Brendan Rodgers, believes that there would be no issue of being backed to go higher than that if the right player was available.

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“I think the club will support if it is the right player,” he said. “Brendan works closely with Peter [Lawwell] and Dermot [Desmond].

“If it is the right player that we all feel is worth that money, and can 
really take us forward, then I’m sure Brendan would be supported in that. We could just bring players in almost for the sake of it.

“You pay fees, they are not quite right but you are getting your numbers in. But to protect the club and make sure we are doing the right thing for them and the team, we want to make sure it is the right player.

“It has to be quality but it has to be the right player. That’s what Brendan is focusing on, working with the club.”

And Davies stressed that Celtic are keen on adding quality rather than quantity to the squad.

So far they have added defender Marvin Compper, who is currently out with a calf injury, and Lewis Morgan who has gone back to complete the season with St Mirren.

“We’re hoping to add to the squad in the next nine or ten days,” said Davies. I understand that the fans are eager to hear transfer news because, ultimately, they want the best for the club.

“They want to be as successful as they can. And we want to exactly the same. We have got stronger. We have had a very strong year again and reached all our objectives. So to add quality on to that takes a certain level of player. With these types of players, other things can come into it.

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“Obviously you are looking at availability and affordability. Do they want to come? Then you have a competitive market that takes twists and turns. You’re taking all these things into consideration.

“It’s still our objective to add to the squad. It is important to inject quality for your play but also for what it can give to the squad psychologically. That’s really what we’re aiming to do. That’s been the idea.”

Meanwhile, Davies also maintained that there have been no offers for Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths. The player is expected to return to the starting line-up tonight at Firhill after an ankle knock and Davies has maintained that there is no suggestion of the player going elsewhere.

The striker had been linked with Swansea and Kansas City, speculation that was rebuffed by Davies.

“Not that I’m aware of to be honest,” he said. “He’s happy, he’s a very important player to us. He was before we came and he’s extremely important to us since we’ve been here. We’re very aware of his quality – and there has been no bid that I’m aware of.”