Celtic were last night looking to seal a deal for Jeremy Toljan before the closure of the transfer window, with representatives of the club understood to be in Germany on Wednesday night as they sought to get a deal over the line.

The 24-year-old Borussia Dortmund right-back is wanted by the Parkhead side on a loan deal until the end of the season. Toljan has fallen out of favour at Dortmund since the arrival of manager Lucien Favre and has not played for the Bundesliga side this term.

Celtic are keen to get in cover with Rodgers, who saw his side open up a six-point lead at the top of the table courtesy of last night's 2-0 win over St Johnstone, is hopeful of concluding a deal for the player. appearance under manager Lucien Favre.

"We know what we would like to do and if we can do it, then great," said Rodgers.

"If not, we need to push on.

"But we are hopeful we can get something done.

“We won’t be overly busy. We know specifically what we want, so hopefully we can do that.

“We assess the squad after tonight, to see if any guys can go out on loan.

“We would hope we could get at least another one in.”

Meanwhile, Filip Benkovic is fighting to save his season after Rodgers confirmed that it will be mid-March before the Croatian defender can be assessed again after an awkward ankle injury. The 21-year-old will spend the next month in a protective boot before facing a re-assessment of the problem that has undermined his season. Rodgers has confirmed that Benkovic will remain in Glasgow for treatment rather than return to parent side Leicester but for the next six weeks at least he is unlikely to be seen anywhere near the first-team. “It will initially be four to five weeks," said Rodgers. "He will have his ankle in a boot. We will assess it after four weeks, then it will take another week to 10 days to get back into training again. He will stay with us.

“It’s disappointing but Jozo Simunovic came in and was excellent tonight. "He was concentrated, alert and passed it well. When he’s like that, he’s a very good player." Benkovic's injury could curtail Jack Hendry going out on loan unless Celtic are capable of bringing in another defender.

"Filip's injury could change the plan for Jack," said Rodgers.

"We wanted to get him out for games but I need to ensure our squad is covered - before anyone else's.

"We will assess that on Thursday morning and see where it is at.

Lewis Morgan is set to finalise a loan deal to Sunderland while Maryan Shved was in attendance at last night's game but the 21-year-old is set to return to Ukrainian side Karpaty Lviv to finish his season there.

"Marian Shved was at the game and I spoke to him beforehand," confirmed the Celtic manager.

"He is delighted to be here and his medical is all complete.

"Marian will go back to Ukraine and finish off his season there with his club..

"He will then come back to Scotland around April and get involved with the training, before being ready to go in the summer.