Celtic planning to keep Torino target Jozo Simunovic - Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has told Torino that Jozo Simunovic is part of his plans at the Scottish club.

A potential loan or permanent move to Torino in August fell through but the Italian side are reportedly set to come back for the Croatian when the transfer window opens in January.

The former Dinamo Zagreb player has become an integral part of Rodgers' side since the Northern Irishman took over the Scottish Premiership champions in the summer.

After the 1-0 win over bottom side Partick Thistle at Celtic Park on Tuesday night, where Scott Sinclair's first-half strike took the Hoops 14 points clear of Rangers at the top of the table, the ex-Liverpool manager was asked about Torino's interest reported interest in Simunovic.

He said: "I think they have probably seen how well he's been doing. He's only a boy really at 22 years of age and developing very, very well.

"He's got all the attributes and still has improvements to make of course, but if you're a top club you would want someone like him.

"But he's very much a part of what we're building here."