Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Cameron Carter-Vickers will soon re-join first-team training at Celtic.

However, the United States international is still some way off from making a return to the starting XI.

The defender has been out injured since Celtic's 3-1 win over Aberdeen in the early weeks of the season.

The 25-year-old was ruled out for up to two months in a bitter early-season blow for the champions.

Rodgers insists the ex-Tottenham player is making good strides in his recovery, but he won't be back on the field until after the international break at the earliest.

He said: "Well we've got Cam who's coming back in to re-join the training group, but he's not going to be ready until after the international break I would suspect.

“Nat Phillips we are keeping an eye on, he has rejoined the group but we just have to make sure with his ankle.

“But that looks much better. Hopefully (he will be back) for the weekend. No-one else who has been out injured will be back.”

Rodgers also insists he is not aware of how close Reo Hatate is to signing a new contract at Celtic.

Earlier this week reports emerged suggesting that the Japanese midfielder was on the verge of agreeing to a long-term deal.

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It's believed that Celtic officials have been in negotiations with the Japan international and his representatives for some time.

His teammates Kyogo, Daizen Maeda, Callum McGregor and Liel Abada all agreed to new contracts under Brendan Rodgers this summer.

The boss is hopeful Hatate will join them but admits he is not sure how long it may take before an announcement is made.

In his pre-Motherwell press conference, asked about the reports regarding Hatate, he said: "I haven't been made aware of that.

"I'll speak to Michael (Nicholson) later but in fairness to the club, the club has been reaching out to the agent for quite some time. But where it's at, I don't know at this point."

One player who has agreed a new contract recently is Anthony Ralston.

The right-back signed a new four-year deal on Tuesday, with the academy player committing his long-term future to his boyhood club.