The search goes on but as the minutes to the end of the transfer window start to tick, so does the pressure.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers watched one of his January loan signings hit the ground running on Saturday afternoon with a debut goal but while Timothy Weah will ease the load on Odsonne Edouard’s shoulders, there remains question marks over other areas of the pitch.

The hunt for a right-back has been ongoing since the summer and has proven to be a particularly difficult area to fill. Celtic have been linked with a string of players to solve that particular headache but none have yet to come to fruition.

Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne emerged as a target at the start of the window only for Celtic to be rebuffed with a combination of a hefty pricetag and the player’s indication that he would rather go to England or Germany.

More recently, Dominic Iorfa was suggested as a pre-contract possibility, Nick Powell has attracted interest and Porto’s Fernando Fonseca has also come to attention.

“Nothing to add to that really,” was Rodgers’ verdict yesterday on Fonseca; “not one that I’m aware of,” was the answer to Iorfa and “another one to add to list, but nothing on that,” was the verdict on Powell as the Celtic manager dismissed any temptation to offer any clues as to just where the Parkhead side are looking.

If specifics are off the table, then a more general conversation offers some intrigue with Rodgers hinting that what it all boils down to essentially a perennial balancing act of modern values and Celtic’s budget.

“It’s not rocket science, if you want to improve in that position or any other position. It’s not always about spending money but in certain positions….

“We have areas of the field we have wanted to improve over a number of windows now. If we can’t get the ones we want, them I’m really not about stockpiling players. If we can’t get the type we want, then we don’t do anything.”

If that is a suggestion that there might not be the arrivals that the support have looked for in this window then it is a frustration that could be offset by the impressive start to his Celtic career from Weah.

The 18-year-old American offered an immediate endearment to the crowd with his performance against Airdrie but Rodgers is wary of putting too much pressure on the youngster’s shoulders.

With Edouard pushing to get back to full fitness this week the possibility of having options up front this term will come and it would appear that Weah will get ample game time with Celtic.

“He is a young kid with talent and of course that shirt can be heavy with his father’s background,” said the Celtic manager. “But he is from a wonderfully supportive family with his father allowing him to make his own decisions. His father is at a distance and his mother is round about him but he has started his career very well. He had other options to go elsewhere and go to more profile leagues but he decided he wanted to come here which is great for him and great for us.

“He loves his football and you can see that even with the way he trains. He knows the history of the club and to come in and get the goal at Celtic Park in your first appearance. I am sure we will see a lot of him in his time here.

“I am sure over the time here he will find that improvement and go back to PSG a better player.”

Meanwhile, Lewis Morgan looks as though he will be heading out on loan with various clubs offering him a chance to get regular game time.

A return to St Mirren appears unlikely with a move south of the border probably next on the agenda for the winger who signed a pre-contract from Saints this time last year.

“I haven’t heard anything from Hibs [about Morgan.” Said Rodgers. “There is quite a bit of interest around him. We’ll see where he ends up. He might even end up staying put.

“He’s a good boy who has been unfortunate here. The players who are in his position have played well and been consistently available.

“He is at the age where he needs to get games into his legs again.

“We have had enquiries but nothing imminent that I’m aware off. Lewis to St Mirren? I don’t think so.

“We’ve spoken about the idea of going on loan but he has a number of possibilities. He loves his time at St Mirren and it’s nothing against the club or manager.

“But speaking to him and his agent, if he moves out then it will be somewhere different.”