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Brown Assist as Celtic Beat St Johnstone in Final Home Game
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Brown Assist as Celtic Beat St Johnstone in Final Home Game

Scott Brown produced an impressive assist as Celtic beat a Covid-hit St Johnstone 4-0 in his final home match. Brown's long diagonal ball set up Odsonne Edouard to double Celtic's lead in the 24th minute. David Turnbull had netted the opener 60 seconds earlier after loan goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal had been controversially penalised for picking up a passback. Zlamal had been pitched in for an unexpected Saints debut with the visitors without more players amid what manager Callum Davidson termed an ongoing issue with Covid. The Hearts goalkeeper was also beaten by Kristoffer Ajer's deflected strike and Karamoko Dembele's first goal for Celtic. Aberdeen-bound Brown arrived to a welcoming party of fans outside the main entrance and there were several banners in his honour in t...
Transfer: Mourinho Rejects Offer from UK Top Club, Gives Reason
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Transfer: Mourinho Rejects Offer from UK Top Club, Gives Reason

  Jose Mourinho has rejected his first job offer a week after his sacking by Tottenham Hotspur. Mourinho reportedly turned down the offer on the ground that he is not ready to return to management at the moment. Sunday Times football journalist, Duncan Castles claimed that the Portuguese tactician has turned down offers from Scottish giants, Celtic, telling them he is not ready to return to the game just yet. Mourinho, 58, was sacked by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy last Monday, less than a week before their Carabao Cup final against Manchester City, which they lost 1-0. And Celtic was one of the teams believed to have called the former Chelsea boss to handle their team “My information is that the first of those approaches came from Celtic Football Club, who are in ...
Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United, City, others to bring Celtic, Rangers to English Premier League
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Arsenal, Chelsea, Man United, City, others to bring Celtic, Rangers to English Premier League

  The so-called ‘big six’ clubs in the Premier League want to bring Scottish Premier League sides, Celtic and Rangers into English football’s top-flight. The top six are demanding a massive overhaul of the EPL following the collapse of the European Super League. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham were forced into withdrawing their involvements from Super League following passionate opposition from fans, players and governing bodies. But in the statements of withdrawal from the controversial competition, the clubs stressed a need for changes and reforms to the sport. The Sun, UK, reports that the big six are making a next move to form new British league, which will see Celtic and Rangers join the English Premier League clubs...
Thierry Henry gives conditions for next coaching job
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Thierry Henry gives conditions for next coaching job

Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry, has said he is “available” only if the “right project” comes his way, after being asked about the vacant manager’s job at Celtic. Henry left Montreal Impact last month citing personal reasons. Celtic are looking for a new manager following Neil Lennon’s resignation in February. And when asked about the possibility of becoming Celtic boss, Henry admitted he is open to the prospect and praised Steven Gerrard for the work he has done at Rangers. “With all humility, whatever is going to come my way – I’m not saying that should come my way,” Henry said on the Robbie Fowler podcast. “Whatever is going to come my way I’m going to try to evaluate. I’m sure they’re going to work on what they’re going to work on. “I don’t know what’s happening the...
Nigeria’s Duo Of Balogun, Aribo Celebrate Glasgow Rangers Title Success
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Nigeria’s Duo Of Balogun, Aribo Celebrate Glasgow Rangers Title Success

Nigeria duo Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo have expressed their delight at winning the Scottish Premiership title with Glasgow Rangers. Rangers won their 55th Scottish top-flight title after Celtic’s 0-0 draw against Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday officially ended their bid for 10-in-a-row. Celtic needed to take maximum points from their trip to Dundee United after Rangers’ 3-0 win over St Mirren on Saturday took them to the brink of securing their first Premiership title since 2011. The defender and midfielder took to the social media to celebrate the win. ”#Champion55,”Balogun wrote on Twitter handle. “55,” Aribo tweeted. Balogun, who linked up with Rangers last summer after severing ties with Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion has made 18 league appea...
Steven Gerrard Leads Rangers To Their First Scottish Title In 10 Years
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Steven Gerrard Leads Rangers To Their First Scottish Title In 10 Years

Rangers are Scottish champions for the first time in 10 years after Celtic drew 0-0 with Dundee United. Steven Gerrard's side, who beat St Mirren 3-0 on Saturday, have a 20-point lead with six games remaining. It is former Liverpool and England captain Gerrard's first trophy as a manager in his third season at Ibrox, and ends Celtic's bid for an unprecedented 10th successive crown. It is the earliest Scottish title win in chronological terms. Rangers have dropped just eight points in an unbeaten league campaign so far, with their victory on Saturday their 28th win in 32 matches. They have scored 77 goals and conceded just nine - only two of which have been at Ibrox. The Glasgow club were in the bottom tier of Scottish football as recently as 2012 after their financial...
Rohr hopes Balogun and Aribo win Scottish Premiership title with Rangers
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Rohr hopes Balogun and Aribo win Scottish Premiership title with Rangers

The Super Eagles stars have been playing key roles for the Gers this season to help the club open a 15-point gap at the top of the league table Nigeria national team coach Gernot Rohr is hoping Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo will win the Scottish Premiership title with Rangers this season. The Super Eagles stars have been playing a pivotal role for the Gers to help Steven Gerrard’s men open a 15-point gap at the top of the league table. The Ibrox Stadium outfit narrowly missed out on the league title to Celtic last season and have recruited a number of players in their quest to clinch the coveted trophy this term, including signing Blalogun last summer.
Neil Lennon Quits as Celtic Manager after Defeat to Ross County Left the club 18 Points Behind Stevie Gerrard’s Ranger
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Neil Lennon Quits as Celtic Manager after Defeat to Ross County Left the club 18 Points Behind Stevie Gerrard’s Ranger

Neil Lennon has resigned as manager of Celtic with the club 18 points behind Scottish Premiership leaders, Rangers. Lennon, who returned to manage Celtic for a second time after Brendan Rodgers moved to Leicester in February 2019, has been under pressure all season before he finally resigned. He apologised for "letting fans down again" after the 1-0 defeat by Ross County on Sunday, left them 18 points behind league's leaders' Ranger In a statement on Wednesday February 24, Lennon said: "We have experienced a difficult season due to so many factors and, of course, it is very frustrating and disappointing that we have not been able to hit the same heights as we did previously. "I have worked as hard as ever to try and turn things around, but unfortunately we have not managed to...
Celtic manager Neil Lennon resigns
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Celtic manager Neil Lennon resigns

  Celtic manager Neil Lennon has resigned with his side 18 points adrift of Rangers in the Scottish Premiership. Lennon took charge for a second spell in February 2019 when Brendan Rodgers left and led the club to two titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup. However, Celtic are well behind their Glasgow rivals in their bid to win 10-straight titles and slumped to defeat at struggling Ross County on Sunday. Assistant manager John Kennedy will take interim charge of the team. "We have experienced a difficult season due to so many factors and, of course, it is very frustrating and disappointing that we have not been able to hit the same heights as we did previously," Lennon, 49, said, in a statement on Celtic's website. "I have worked as hard as ever to try and turn ...
Celtic eye Juventus scout Matteo Tognozzi as new director of football
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Celtic eye Juventus scout Matteo Tognozzi as new director of football

The Scottish giants are preparing for an overhaul of their football operations and are on the hunt for a new director Celtic are considering appointing Juventus chief scout Matteo Tognozzi as director of football. The Premiership side are looking to overhaul their football operations as they prepare for the departure of long-time chief executive Peter Lawwell. Former Scottish Rugby chief operating officer Dominic McKay will take Lawwell's place, but the club are looking to find another experienced figure to take over as director of football.
Villas-Boas, Marseille Clash Over Unwanted’ Transfer
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Villas-Boas, Marseille Clash Over Unwanted’ Transfer

Marseille have suspended manager Andre Villas-Boas, after he clashed with the Ligue 1 outfit over the signing of Olivier Ntcham from Celtic and subsequently offered his resignation. The French club completed Ntcham’s signing on Deadline Day. The 24-year-old arrives on loan until the end of the season and the agreement includes a £4.5m option to buy him. But speaking at a news conference ahead of their game away to Lens on Wednesday, Villas-Boas said: “I submitted my resignation, saying that I did not agree with the sporting policy. “I don’t want anything from OM. I don’t want money. “We ended the transfer window with a new player [Ntcham]. He is a player that I had said no for.” Marseille have now announced V...
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Armstrong Oko-Flex Nearly Makes Celtic Debut With AirPods In His Ears

    Celtic youngster Armstrong Oko-Flex nearly made his professional debut for the club with AirPods in his ears. The Hoops were taking on Hibernian on Monday evening and wanted to inject something fresh up front. Oko-Flex was called from the bench and was ready to make his Scottish Premiership debut. But the 18-year-old still had his AirPods in while putting his shirt on and he was seconds away from taking to the pitch with them still in. It's likely he was using them to communicate with members of the Celtic coaching staff who weren't in attendance at the game. Manager Neil Lennon and 14 Celtic players were forced to self-isolate after Christopher Jullien tested positive for Covid-19. Regardless of the reason, fans were still in shock at seeing Oko-Flex ...
NCDC Denies South African Side, Celtic, Visa To Arrive Port Harcourt For CAF
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NCDC Denies South African Side, Celtic, Visa To Arrive Port Harcourt For CAF

The NFF have written to CAF for the game to be postponed or played in another country. CAF insisting Celtic be granted a waiver to enter Nigeria despite the health authorities placing travel bans on SA and the UK. SA has a new variant/strain of the Covid 19 virus. Rivers risk being kicked out if the game fails to hold in Port Harcourt on wednesday
Sparta Prague 4-1 Celtic: Bhoys bow out after repeat performance
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Sparta Prague 4-1 Celtic: Bhoys bow out after repeat performance

Odsonne Edouard fired Celtic into the lead at Sparta Prague, but they were beaten 4-1 again and exited the Europa League. Celtic were again tormented by Lukas Julis in another 4-1 defeat to Sparta Prague as they crashed out of the Europa League on Thursday. Neil Lennon's Bhoys had lost by the same scoreline at home to Sparta earlier in the month and Odsonne Edouard's opener in the away fixture provided only a brief moment of respite before the hosts responded. Dismal defensive lapses allowed David Hancko and Julis - the hat-trick hero in Scotland scoring twice this time - to prematurely end this year's European adventure.
‘I sound like Donald Trump!’ – Celtic boss Lennon unhappy with ‘fake news’
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‘I sound like Donald Trump!’ – Celtic boss Lennon unhappy with ‘fake news’

The manager has been the subject of dismissal rumours which, along with criticism of his squad, he has not taken lying down Celtic manager Neil Lennon borrowed from the Donald Trump phrasebook to hit out at the "fake news" that has dogged his side through their recent dip in form. The Bhoys, seeking a record 10th consecutive Scottish league title in 2020-21, went down in the Old Firm Derby to Rangers and again last Thursday in the Europa League against Milan before salvaging a 3-3 draw at the weekend with Abderdeen to extend their winless run to three games. On-loan Brighton defender Shane Duffy in particular has been targeted for criticism over his performances, as Celtic trail their Glasgow rivals by six points at the top of the Scottish Premiership, albeit with a game in hand.
Edouard plays down Arsenal talk and would ‘love to be a part’ of 10 straight Celtic titles
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Edouard plays down Arsenal talk and would ‘love to be a part’ of 10 straight Celtic titles

The Frenchman admits that he's found it "flattering" to be linked with the Gunners, but he remains committed to his duties with the Hoops Odsonne Edouard has played down talk of a potential summer move to Arsenal, insisting he would "love to be a part" a tenth straight title win for Celtic. Celtic were awarded the Scottish Premier League crown for a ninth successive year in May when the decision was taken to cancel all remaining fixtures due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Hoops were 13 points clear of Rangers having played a game more than their arch-rivals, and Edouard picked up the Golden Boot after scoring 22 goals in 27 appearances.
Arsenal target Edouard in contract talks with Celtic, says Lennon
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Arsenal target Edouard in contract talks with Celtic, says Lennon

The Hoops boss has confirmed that the Scottish champions are trying to tie a prized asset down to a new deal Neil Lennon has revealed that Celtic are in talks with rumoured Arsenal target Odsonne Edouard over a contract extension, while praising him as a "top-class striker". Edouard enjoyed another superb season at Parkhead in 2019-20, hitting 22 goals in 27 appearances to help Celtic wrap up an unprecedented ninth successive Scottish Premiership crown. The Hoops were awarded the title on a points-per-game basis after the season was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak, with Edouard subsequently picking up the Golden Boot award.
‘What the f*ck are you going to do in Scotland?’ – Giroud reveals aborted Celtic transfer after Nicollin advice
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‘What the f*ck are you going to do in Scotland?’ – Giroud reveals aborted Celtic transfer after Nicollin advice

The current Chelsea striker had the chance to line up at Parkhead at the start of his career but opted instead for a stint in the French top flight Olivier Giroud has revealed that he was close to sealing a move to Glasgow giants Celtic earlier in his career. Giroud, 33, has spent the bulk of his career at the top level in England's Premier League, enjoying successful spells at Arsenal and now Chelsea. He boasts four FA Cup winner's medals and a Europa League triumph, while also forming a key part of the France team that lifted the World Cup in 2018.
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Kouassi: Genk sign Ivorian midfielder after unsuccessful Celtic spell

The Belgian outfit has exercised the option to make the Ivorian midfielder’s stay permanent, bringing an end to his three-year period in Scotland Genk have announced the signing of Eboue Kouassi on a four-year deal from Celtic, after convincing the club during his loan spell. He temporarily moved to the Luminus Arena on a six-month deal in January, and they triggered the option to buy with a contract that will keep him at the club until 2024. Kouassi made four appearances for Genk during his loan spell, which include three starts and one substitute appearance in the Belgian First Division A before the league came to an abrupt end a fortnight ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Arsenal-linked Edouard will be sold for £20m’ – Ex-Celtic star McGarvey sees striker heading to England
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‘Arsenal-linked Edouard will be sold for £20m’ – Ex-Celtic star McGarvey sees striker heading to England

A highly-rated French forward is said to be attracting admiring glances from the Premier League and is expected to move on if his valuation is met Arsenal-linked Odsonne Edouard can be lured away from Celtic in the next transfer window if a £20 million ($25m) offer is tabled, says former Hoops star Frank McGarvey. The French striker has starred in Scotland since completing an initial loan move to Parkhead from Paris Saint-Germain in August 2017. The highly-rated 22-year-old has hit 62 goals in 126 appearances for Celtic, with that return enough to see him attract interest from the Premier League.
Liverpool icon Sir Kenny Dalglish tests positive for Coronavirus
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Liverpool icon Sir Kenny Dalglish tests positive for Coronavirus

The 69-year-old former Celtic, Liverpool and Scotland player was admitted to hospital on Wednesday for a "treatment of an infection which required intravenous antibiotics". After he got tested for Coronavirus, his result came back positive but "remains asymptomatic".   His family issued a statement on Friday night to reassure that he is not in a critical condition.   The statement read: ‘Sir Kenny was admitted to hospital on Wednesday 8 April for treatment of an infection which required intravenous antibiotics.   ‘In keeping with current procedures, he was subsequently tested for COVID-19 despite having previously displayed no symptoms of the illness. Unexpectedly, the test result was positive but he remains asymptomatic.   ‘Prior to his admissio...
Celtic Player, Ryan Christie Banned For Grabbing Opponent By The Genitals During A Match
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Celtic Player, Ryan Christie Banned For Grabbing Opponent By The Genitals During A Match

Celtic are "extremely disappointed" over Ryan Christie's three-match ban after he was found guilty of grabbing Alfredo Morelos by the genitals. The Scotland player, 24, was charged with violent conduct following Celtic's 2-1 loss to Rangers on 29 December. A hearing on Monday upheld a two-game ban, with a further one added due to a previous red against Livingston. The Scottish Premiership leaders said the sanction "demonstrates a worrying lack of consistency". Midfielder Christie will miss the Scottish Cup tie with Partick Thistle and league games against Kilmarnock and Ross County later this month. However, he was a doubt for those fixtures after undergoing groin surgery due to an injury sustained in the final Old Firm match of 2019. Christie had been booked by refer...
The draw for the last-32 of the Europa League
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The draw for the last-32 of the Europa League

The draw for the round of 32 in the Europa League took place on Monday afternoon in Nyon, Switzerland, and featured all three English sides after they qualified for the knockout rounds. Wolves were the first team out of the pot and take on Barcelona-based Espanyol.  Celtic meet Copenhagen while Rangers are up against Portuguese side Braga. Sporting Lisbon will take on Istanbul Basaksehir while Getafe were selected to go up against Ajax. Bayer Leverkusen and Porto were drawn against each other. Cypriot team APOEL will have to get past Basel. Cluj face Sevilla as Alkmaar take on LASK from Austria. Ludogorets, meanwhile, take on Antonio Conte's Inter Milan as Red Bull Salzburg clash with Frankfurt. Shakhtar Donetsk have been matched up with Benfica with Wolfsburg to face Malm...
‘It’s suicidal!’ – Lennon frustrated by ‘crazy’ Celtic defending following Champions League exit
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‘It’s suicidal!’ – Lennon frustrated by ‘crazy’ Celtic defending following Champions League exit

The manager refused to look for excuses after his side lost to CFR Cluj in qualifying Neil Lennon accused Celtic of conceding "crazy, suicidal" goals against CFR Cluj as they suffered a shock Champions League qualifying defeat. The Scottish champions were beaten 4-3 in Glasgow on Tuesday to lose the tie 5-4 on aggregate and miss out on a play-off match against Slavia Prague. Celtic were 1-0 down at half-time but moved 2-1 up through James Forrest and Odsonne Edouard, only for Abdel Billel Omrani to level the scores from the penalty spot.
Bolasie set for Everton exit with three clubs competing for winger’s signature
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Bolasie set for Everton exit with three clubs competing for winger’s signature

The 30-year-old's time at Goodison Park has been marred by injuries, and he may finally find a new permanent home after two spells out on loan Yannick Bolasie’s time at Everton could be coming to an end, as three sides compete for his signature with the Toffees looking to sell. Celtic, Besiktas and Rennes are all chasing the 30-year-old, who has already turned down one option for a move. Russian side CSKA Moscow had agreed a deal with Everton, but failed to reach an agreement with the player. They had proposed an initial loan deal with a £5 million ($6m) option to buy but Bolasie turned them down, not wanting to move to Russia.
Highly Rated Defender Tierney Speaks After Joining Arsenal From Celtic
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Highly Rated Defender Tierney Speaks After Joining Arsenal From Celtic

Kieran Tierney has completed a deadline-day move to Arsenal. The Gunners on Wednesday, agreed a £25million fee with Celtic for the left-back. The 22-year-old has signed a five-year contract and will wear the No.3 shirt. “It feels great. I’m delighted to be here. “Obviously I’m injured now, but I’m just looking forward to getting back on the pitch, training and getting involved with the squad,” Tierney told Arsenal’s official website. On having to leave Celtic, his boyhood club, he added: “It was the hardest decision in my whole life that I’ve had to make. “I had to speak to my family and my close friends and my agent as well because it’s a hard decision to leave a club that you love so much. People need to know that as well. “I feel Arsenal is a massive club and it’s a...
Man Utd Goalkeeper Officially Leaves Old Trafford For New Club
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Man Utd Goalkeeper Officially Leaves Old Trafford For New Club

Manchester United Academy goalkeeper, Alex Fojticek has joined Stalybridge Celtic on a season-long loan. Man United made the announcement in a statement on the club’s official website last night. The statement read: “Manchester United Academy keeper Alex Fojticek has agreed to join Stalybridge Celtic on loan for the season.   “The Slovakian shot-stopper made two appearances for the Under-23s last term and made a further seven outings for the Under-18s.   “The 19-year-old joined United in 2016 from Tatran Presov and will continue his development by working at the Aon Training Complex during the week and representing the Northern Premier League side throughout the course of the campaign.” Speaking after completing his move to Celtic, Fojticek told Man United’s official website: ...
Nomme Kalju 0-2 Celtic (0-7 agg):
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Nomme Kalju 0-2 Celtic (0-7 agg):

Aleksandr Kulinits' own goal and Marian Shved's strike ensured Celtic will play Cluj in the Champions League's third qualifying round. Celtic progressed to the Champions League third qualifying round after a 2-0 win at Nomme Kalju secured a 7-0 aggregate triumph. Neil Lennon's side had done most of the hard work at home last week but they triumped again in Tallinn on Tuesday. The Scottish title winners are now two rounds away from reaching the group stage of the Champions League, having lost to AEK Athens in the third qualifying round last season.
Tierney backed to be ‘great player for Arsenal’ by last Scot to grace Premier League for Gunners
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Tierney backed to be ‘great player for Arsenal’ by last Scot to grace Premier League for Gunners

Scott Marshall graced the English top-flight back in the 1990s and believes moving for a defender on the books at Celtic makes a lot of sense Kieran Tierney has been backed to be “a great player for Arsenal” by Scott Marshall, the last Scot to make a Premier League appearance for the Gunners. It continues to be suggested that the Celtic left-back is a top target for those at Emirates Stadium. Unai Emery has seen two deals wrapped up for Dani Ceballos and William Saliba,but more movement is expected in north London before the summer transfer window closes.
‘It can save lives’ – Griffiths urges those suffering from depression to open up
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‘It can save lives’ – Griffiths urges those suffering from depression to open up

The Scotland international has open about his own battle with mental illness and has encouraged others to do the same Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths has encouraged those who suffer from depression to open up about their feelings if possible, citing his own experiences battling mental illness over the past year. Griffiths stepped away from Celtic in December 2018 , with then manager Brendan Rodgers explaining the Scotland international was dealing with “ongoing issues” that had become “a struggle for him.” The 28-year-old returned to the Celtic matchday squad on July 9 in a Champions League qualifier against Sarajevo, and then made his first appearance since returning in the second leg eight days later, coming on as a second-half substitute .
Leicester don’t plan to buy replacement for Man Utd target Maguire
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Leicester don’t plan to buy replacement for Man Utd target Maguire

Leicester City are not planning to sign a replacement if they sell Harry Maguire. It is no secret that Manchester City and Manchester United both want to sign the English center half. United are more likely to meet Leicester's demand for a world record fee for a defender. However, Sky Sports understands that if Maguire is transferred, Leicester will not sign a defender to replace him. Leicester looked at players like James Tarkowski and Lewis Dunk, but boss Brendan Rodgers felt neither represented good value. They will go into their season with the players already at the club, which will include Filip Benkovic. The latter was on loan at Celtic last term, who Rodgers managed before moving to Leicester.
Sarajevo 1 Celtic 3: Lennon’s side score vital away goals
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Sarajevo 1 Celtic 3: Lennon’s side score vital away goals

Michael Johnston inspired a Celtic comeback as Neil Lennon's side won 3-1 away to Sarajevo in Champions League qualifying. Celtic beat Sarajevo 3-1 away in the opening leg of their Champions League first round qualifier. Neil Lennon's side face a long road to the group stages but got their European campaign off to a good start with a hard-fought victory in Bosnia-Herzegovina's capital on Tuesday. They had to come from behind, Mirko Oremus putting Sarajevo in front from a poorly defended set piece, with Michael Johnston heavily involved in Celtic's comeback.
Nigerian Midfielder, Oluwseyi Joseph Signs 4-Year Deal With Rangers
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Nigerian Midfielder, Oluwseyi Joseph Signs 4-Year Deal With Rangers

Rangers beat Arsenal to signed Nigerian descent Joseph Oluwaseyi Temitope Ayodele-Aribo on a four-year deal until 2022 season. The 22-year-old midfielder made 97 appearances and scored 16 goals for Charlton and helped them win promotion to the Championship last term through the playoffs has been linked with possible moves to Arsenal, Manchester City, Celtic as well as teams in France, Germany and Portugal before he agreed on terms and a move to Ibrox Stadium. Aribo who plays as an attacking midfielder, started his career at Staines Town, impressing to win their academy Player of the Year Award in 2014 and be offered a trial at Charlton. Speaking about his new signing manager Steven Gerrard told the club official website saying: "There were a lot of clubs in for Joe around Euro...
‘Unbelievable’ – Arzani opens up on Pogba, Joyce and Sydney FC’s ‘half offer’
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‘Unbelievable’ – Arzani opens up on Pogba, Joyce and Sydney FC’s ‘half offer’

The current Celtic attacker has been sidelined for the past eight months, but his remarkable rise has already seen him forge an interesting career While Daniel Arzani ended 2018 on the sidelines following an ACL injury, it was a breakthrough year for the Australian. The now 20-year-old went from A-League rookie to playing for the Socceroos at the World Cup and ultimately signing for Manchester City before being loaned out to Celtic. Arzani's breathtaking rise to the peak of world football saw him very quickly rubbing shoulders with football stars in Russia.
Forget Messi, give Van Dijk the Ballon d’Or – Koeman
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Forget Messi, give Van Dijk the Ballon d’Or – Koeman

The Oranje boss says an Argentine star remains the world's best player - but that a fellow countryman has shown he is a winner Virgil van Dijk deserves to beat Lionel Messi to Ballon d'Or glory, according to Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman. Dutch defensive colossus Van Dijk drove Liverpool to Champions League glory, making key contributions at both ends of the pitch in a run which culminated in Saturday's 2-0 win over Tottenham in Madrid. And Koeman believes the former Celtic and Southampton man should be recognised for his inspirational role when football's top individual awards are handed out.
‘I worked my b*llocks off to be a Liverpool player!’ – Robertson irked by ‘fairytale’ narrative
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‘I worked my b*llocks off to be a Liverpool player!’ – Robertson irked by ‘fairytale’ narrative

The defender says his run to the top hasn't come by luck or magic, but pure hard work Andy Robertson says he is frustrated by the narrative that his career is a "football fairytale", adding that he, like Liverpool this season, has fully earned all of the success that has come his way with hard work and a few big breaks. Robertson's journey towards this Saturday's Champions League final against Spurs began with Celtic, where he trained as a schoolboy before being released at age 15. He worked his way up through Scottish third-division side Queen's Park, working landscaping jobs on the side, before earning a move to top-division side DundeeUnited.
Jose Mourinho Considering Shock return to British Football
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Jose Mourinho Considering Shock return to British Football

Jose Mourinho is considering a return to management in Britain with Celtic, after receiving an offer from the Scottish giants, according to Gianluca Di Marz The Bhoys sealed their eighth consecutive league title with victory against Aberdeen on Saturday, but the Glasgow club is searching for a long-term replacement for Brendan Rodgers. Neil Lennon replaced Rodgers on an interim basis, but Celtic are not likely to appoint Lennon for a second time. Mourinho has been out of work since being sacked by United in December, but has repeatedly stated he will be back in management by the start of next season. The Portuguese coach is relaxed about the location of his next job and has made it clear he’s open to trying a new experience. Mourinho’s a...
Manchester United Move For Dembele, Ready To Sell Lukaku
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Manchester United Move For Dembele, Ready To Sell Lukaku

Manchester United have ‘made Lyon aware’ of their interest in star striker Moussa Dembele, according to reports. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to have a significant budget at his disposal to add to his United squad in the summer and a striker may be at the top of his wanted list. The future of Romelu Lukaku seems uncertain with several Italian clubs reportedly circling and his departure would leave Marcus Rashford as the only senior striker in the club. As a result, the Daily Mirror, via L’Equipe, report that United ‘are desperate to improve their striking options this summer’ and that Solskjaer has ‘stepped up his pursuit’ of Dembele. The 22-year-old made the switch to Ligue 1 from Celtic last summer and has impressed in France, scoring 20 times in all competitions....
Van Dijk could have played for Brighton, reveals former manager Poyet
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Van Dijk could have played for Brighton, reveals former manager Poyet

The Dutchman, who was named PFA Player of the Year last month, has enjoyed a fine season with Liverpool but almost ended up with another English club Brighton & Hove Albion looked into the possibility of buying Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk for a bargain price at one time, according to former manager Gus Poyet. However, the Seagulls were unable to match the €3 million (£2.6m/$3.4m) transfer fee that would have been required to seal the Netherlands international's services. Van Dijk, who began his career with Groningen in his home country before a spell with Celtic brought him to the Premier League with Southampton, has enjoyed a stunning sophomore season with the Reds. Having transferred to Anfield from St Mary’s Stadium for a reported fee of £75m ($98m) – a world record f...
Brendan Rodgers Named Leicester City Manager
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Brendan Rodgers Named Leicester City Manager

Leicester City Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as its new First Team Manager. The Northern Irishman has signed a contract until June 2022 and succeeds Claude Puel, who was sacked on Sunday after 16 months in charge. It marks a Premier League return for Rodgers, who previously managed Liverpool and Swansea City. "I'll give my life to make the supporters proud of their club," Rodgers said. He watched from the stands as the Foxes beat Brighton 2-1 on Tuesday and spoke to the players in the changing room after the game. Adding that he was "privileged and honoured" to take on the role, Rodgers said: "Together, we'll be stronger and I'm looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward." Ne...
Leicester City Sacks Claude Puel
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Leicester City Sacks Claude Puel

Leicester City  has sacked Claude Puel, after Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace, the club announced on Sunday. The Frenchman, who was appointed in October 2017, had seen his position come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks and a 4-1 battering at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday sealed his fate. A sizeable portion of the Foxes’ fans stayed behind to vent their frustration at the King Power Stadium, with Leicester yet to win at home in 2019 and having earned just one victory in nine competitive outings. The club are expected to make an immediate attempt to lure Rodgers but are prepared to wait until the summer for the former Liverpool manager. It is questionable whether Rodgers would be willing to leave Celtic mid-season when he has the chance to win an unprecede...
Bolton Makes Surprise Move for Efe Ambrose
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Bolton Makes Surprise Move for Efe Ambrose

                                         Efe-Ambrose Bolton Wanderers have made a move for ex-Hibernian defender Efe Ambrose. The 30-year-old is available on a free transfer after exercising a clause in his contract though he has been offered new terms at Hibs. The Scottish club recognised Ambrose was a key performer for them and want to keep him at the club after the departure of manager Neil Lennon by mutual consent. Ambrose has vast experience from his time with Celtic, for whom he played between 2012 and 2017. This season Ambrose has produced some excellent performances, which has prompted much interest from other clubs. Bolton are hopeful of reaching agreement but Nottingham Forest, Sheffield Wednesday and Wigan Athletic have all made late enquiries. The 6ft 3in...
FIFA Dishes Out to Clubs $209m From 2018 World Cup Earnings
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FIFA Dishes Out to Clubs $209m From 2018 World Cup Earnings

The money paid to the clubs was for releasing their players for the 2018 FIFA World Cup held from June 14 to July 15 in Russia. The world football ruling body said 416 clubs from 63 federations received payments from the tournament revenue, with the day rate for the 736 players given at 8,530 dollars. Adeboye speaks on a “New Name” at Holy Ghost Congress Europe’s UEFA got by far the largest chunk of almost 158 million dollars, with English Premier League champions Manchester City top on 5.003 million dollars. UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid were second on 4.803 million dollars and England’s Tottenham third on 4.385 million dollars. Other clubs like Egypt’s Al Ahli, Mexico’s Pachuca, Celtic of Scotland and Argentina’s Boca Juniors topped 1 million dollars. The so-calle...
Ex-Celtic Boss Deila: Van Dijk Needed To Change Attitude To Get Liverpool Move
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Ex-Celtic Boss Deila: Van Dijk Needed To Change Attitude To Get Liverpool Move

Former Celtic boss Ronny Deila believes Virgil van Dijk won his move to Liverpool after changing his attitude towards fitness training. The Dutchman played under the Norwegian at Celtic Park for a year, winning the Scottish Premiership in 2014/15. "I think he was not fit enough to be at the highest level," Deila told theA Celtic State of Mind podcast when referring to Van Dijk's early days at Celtic. "He has unbelievable skills and potential but he needed to be better to train everyday, take care of himself better and I think he progressed a lot in that year to be more conscious about how he lives his life after football and also how he trains. "He was so good after this period."
Conte Sack Race: Luis Enrique Favourite To Be Next Chelsea Manager In Betting
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Conte Sack Race: Luis Enrique Favourite To Be Next Chelsea Manager In Betting

Former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique has been installed as the favourite to replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager. Conte's days at Stamford Bridge look to be numbered after a 4-1 defeat to Watford meant that the Blues suffered back-to-back three-goal defeats for the first time in 23 years. The Italian coach dismissed the notion that he was concerned about his future, but indicated his time may be coming to an end. "I'm not worried," Conte said. "Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelesa coach or not. I try to do everything. If it's not enough, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.” A number of successful managers have been tipped to replace the 48-year-old if he is sacked by the Chelsea board, with Luis Enrique leading the race with odds of 2/1 from BetVictor. Enr...
Arsene Wenger Unfazed By Turnout Of Arsenal Fans For Europa League Win Over BATE Borisov
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Arsene Wenger Unfazed By Turnout Of Arsenal Fans For Europa League Win Over BATE Borisov

Arsene Wenger insisted he respected those Arsenal supporters who stayed away from their Europa League victory over BATE Borisov on Thursday. The Gunners, already assured of progressing as winners of group H, hammered the Belarusian champions 6-0 in front of a record-low Emirates stadium crowd. While the official figure was 54,648 it is understood less than 30,000 fans were present to see Arsenal run riot with an emphatic victory. Mathieu Debuchy, Theo Walcott, Jack Wilshere and Mohamed Elneny all got on the score-sheet while Denis Polyakov scored an own goal and Olivier Giroud converted a penalty. The likes of Borussia Dortmund, Napoli or Celtic are now waiting in Monday’s draw for the round of 32 as Wenger – toasting his 700th win as Arsenal boss at the full-time whistle – def...
Celtic Has To Work Hard For The Europa League – Moussa Dembele
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Celtic Has To Work Hard For The Europa League – Moussa Dembele

Celtic’s Moussa Dembele has sent a rallying call to his teammates urging them to ‘work hard’ after securing passage into the knockout stages of the Uefa Europa League. Despite going down 1-0 to Anderlecht in Tuesday’s Uefa Champions League game, Brendan Rodgers’ side finished third in Group B due to a better head-to-head record against the Belgian Champions. And the former Fulham forward believes the Celtic Park outfit ‘lacked the quality’ to compete in Europe’s premier club competition and wants them to reorganize so as to go the distance in the second tier tournament. “The positive thing is we have Europa League and that is the thing to take away from us,” Dembele told club website. “It wasn’t the best game for us but we have qualified and we have to be ready for it. “We j...
UCL: Anderlecht Won’t Give Up On Miracle At Celtic – Henry Onyekuru
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UCL: Anderlecht Won’t Give Up On Miracle At Celtic – Henry Onyekuru

Henry Onyekuru has said Anderlecht will not give up on big win at Celtic so as to qualify for the Europa League. The Belgian champions will need to beat hosts Celtic by at least 4-0 tomorrow to stand a chance of finishing third in their UEFA Champions League, which will qualify them to feature in the Europa League. Celtic have three points from five Champions League matches, while Anderlecht are pointless and bottom of the standings in Group B. But the Belgian champions could do a miracle by leap frogging Celtic with a big win in Scotland to continue their international campaign in the Europa League in the new year. “We will do our best, fight for 90 minutes and see what happens,” Onyekuru promised ahead of the clash in Scotland. Incidentally, Celtic had made an official bid...
Scotland Job Could Appeal To Michael O’Neill – Brendan Rodgers
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Scotland Job Could Appeal To Michael O’Neill – Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers believes Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill would have plenty of talent to work with if he were to become Scotland manager. The Scottish FA this week made an official approach to the Irish FA for permission to speak to Michael O’Neill, who is the top candidate to succeed Gordon Strachan. O’Neill is approaching his sixth year in charge of Northern Ireland and Rodgers thinks the 48-year-old would be taking charge of a side with ambition. “If it is Michael then he can look and see there is a really talented group of players there that are developing very well,” he said. “There is a nucleus of a very exciting squad and you go into the European Championship next year and feel you would have a chance of qualifying. “If he is looking at Scotland he...
Thiago Motta May Be Out Until 2018 After Knee Surgery
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Thiago Motta May Be Out Until 2018 After Knee Surgery

Thiago Motta may be out until 2018 after Paris Saint-Germain announced the veteran requires minor knee surgery. According to a statement released on the PSG website, the 35-year-old has complained of increased pain in his right knee since the 0-0 Ligue 1 draw at Montpellier in September. The Brazilian-born Italy international has started 12 matches for Unai Emery's team in all competitions this term. But, should he go under the knife imminently to address the issue, Motta may not return until after the mid-season break. Leading Group B in the Champions League by three points, PSG host Celtic in Europe next week, followed by a trip to take on title-holders Monaco, who are four points behind them in second place in the league, four days later. They are also away to Bayern Munich on Dece...

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