Celtic secured a 1-0 win over Kilmarnock to continue their impressive run in the Scottish Premier league under the regime of Brendan Rodgers. Last season, the club won the league title under the guidance of Ronny Deila but they were not entirely dominant even without Rangers in the league.
Rodgers was sacked by Liverpool midway through last season, but he has been able to do a stellar job with Celtic so far. Celtic are the only unbeaten team in the league and they have dropped only two points in the opening 12 matches. (more…)
On September 28, Celtic received Manchester City at the Celtic Park as both clubs had to face off for a Champions League and this match concluded with each side scoring 3 goals as the scoreboard displayed 3-3 at the end of it all.
This match was one of the most exciting Champions League games in recent times as plenty of goals were scored and there was not any club that had the clear upper hand.
After everything was said and done, both teams had to settle with snatching 1 point each out of this game and even though Celtic FC needed a victory in order for them to begin their march for a higher spot in Group C of the Champions League which consists of: Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic.
This draw was still a fairly positive result for Celtic as they managed to hold their ground against one of the favorites of their group and Brendan Rodgers had a few things to say after the match was over as the 43 year old Northern Irish manager said:
“I can’t criticize the team, but there are always elements we can be better in. We were brilliant, the pressing and the energy. Every time we went forward we looked like we could score.Apart from the Barcelona game these players have been operating at a high level this season. Now, to do it against that team, it was a magnificent performance. (more…)
Scottish giant Celtic lost out twice to Ross County and Rangers in the semi final of the League Cup.
Kieran Tierney, who won the Young Player of the Year award last term, says that his target this year is to go all the way in the League Cup with the club.
Tierney was outstanding last season. He played in more than 30 games for the club, enjoying his breakthrough season. The League Cup miss was a huge miss in his story. Celtic take on Alloa Athletic in the game before a semi final of the domestic cup on Wednesday, and Tierney wants the club to make up for past losses.
“We want to win a cup. It comes quickly so if we win this we are in the semi final stage. We just want to get out and do the job. There were a few lows in Europe last year and the semi finals weren’t great. But it was an experience for me because I had never played in either,” the youngster started out. He went on to add that he felt horrible when they were defeated in the semi final, and that he never wants “to feel like that again.” (more…)
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers due to the initial aim of reaching the group stages of the Champions League by overcomingHapoelBe’erSheva in the final qualification round.
This earned the club a place in the group stages much to the joy of Celtic supporters. The club has been disappointed with its inability to make it to the Champions League group stages for the last two seasons despite having been involved in the play-offs. However, the joy has been short lived since it has now been revealed that Celtic will be in a group containing Barcelona, Manchester City, and Borussia Monchengladbach.
This is the toughest possible group and Celtic are nowhere near favourites to even finish in the third spot. Despite the rejection with such a tough draw upon their return to the Champions League group stages, manager Rodgers says that Celtic still have a chance if they managed to take advantage of a home games. Celtic’s support at the Celtic Park is regarded as one of the finest and has played host to numerous shocks over the years. Rodgers says that they will once again be the centre of attention and how to help the players immensely when the likes of City and Barcelona visit to the ground.
Former Liverpool forward Luiz Suarez has backed his former team mate Kolo Toure to become a success at his new club, Celtic FC.
The Barcelona striker says the Ivory Coast international is a great addition to the Celtic squad and believes the player will do well with the Scottish champions. Toure will add real value should the side qualify for the UEFA Champions League group stage this forthcoming season.
Celtic will play the second leg of the third round of qualifying games against Kazakhstan this week. They have a slight advantage after the 1-1 draw in the first leg thanks to a late goal from Leigh Griffiths. The club is set to feature the player when they play the Champions League qualifier against Astana.
On the other hand, Suarez will face his former manager Brendan Rodgers at the International Champions Club on Saturday. The game is set for the Aviva Stadium in Dublin but the Uruguay international says the former Arsenal and Manchester City player will be a big plus for Celtic FC.
“He knows what it is like to play in the big games in the big stadiums, and if Celtic can progress into the Champions League, he’s going to be very important player,” the player told reporters when asked about Toure.
Newly appointed Celtic Manager, Brendan Rodgers wants to make Sunderland striker Danny Graham one of his first signings for Celtic.
Graham played for Rodgers at two of his previous clubs. The pair enjoyed success at Watford before Rodgers signed him for Swansea for £3.5million. A £5m switch to the Stadium of Light worked less well, Graham spending much of his four-year contract on loan at other clubs.
A haul of seven goals in 18 games at Blackburn Rovers in the second half of last season, however, has made a Bosman swoop for the player an attractive proposition to Preston North End, Wigan and Birmingham City. According to Sportsmail, Rodgers is investigating whether Graham would accept less than his current £35,000 a week wages at Sunderland to move to the SPFL, with strike reinforcements a priority position following the likely departures of Carlton Cole and Stefan Scepovic.
Rodgers made his first official move as Celtic manager with the capture of Davies as his assistant, having worked with the coach in previous clubs as well.
Thirty one year old Davies insists he was ‘proud’ to land the role as assistant manager at Parkhead saying: (more…)
Celtic legend Bertie Auld has urged the team to appoint managerial duo Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane as manager for the club.
He believes that major changes are needed in the team if they want to compete not only in Scotland but also in Europe.
According to him, Martin O’Neill has the tactical knowledge and awareness to drive the team forward and that Roy Keane will provide the discipline needed to keep the team together and motivated to achieve great things.
However, with both men committed with the Republic of Ireland national team until the end of Euros, it might be difficult for them to get involved with Celtic this season especially with the Hoops participating in the Champions League as early as July.
Bertie Auld has advised however against the fact of signing Martin O’Neill alone as he thinks that there needs to be some sort of balance in the team. He has also urged the Celtic board to release fund for the new manager to rebuild the team. (more…)
Callum McGregor hopes that he will be in the team for Celtic in next month’s game against their fierce rivals Rangers. He missed the last year semi-final game against Rangers and would want this time to be on the side.
McGregor told reporters that he is keen to participate in the big games and that games against Rangers are always special. He stated that his best memory as a ball boy was the goal scored by Thomas Gravesen in a game against Rangers. He is however determined to make his own memory on the pitch should he get a chance in the team for the next game.
The midfielder who was convicted of drunk driving recently missed several games as he waited for the court decision. During this time, he received full support from Ronny Deila, the Celtic manager. Callum McGregor wants to repay the faith placed in him by the manager by putting in some excellent performances during the remaining games of the season.
He stated that the support given by the manager was instrumental in helping him come out stronger of the problem he has been in. The manager encouraged him to work harder and to come back stronger in the team. (more…)
Ronny Deila has set himself the task of improving his team which can help in their quest of securing the Scottish Premiership title for the 5th successive season and one of the ways that Deila is going to be upgrading his squad is by signing new players to the team.
A few of the players that are rumored to be in the radar of Ronny Deila are Wout Weghorst of Heracles and Eibar’s Aleksandar Pantic.
Aleksandar Pantic is a Serbian defender who is currently performing for SD Eibar on loan from Villareal. Pantic has had a mixed season with Eibar as the central-defender used to be a consistent starter for the club but has recently had to settle with a place on the sidelines as an unused substitute.
If Pantic continues to struggle trying to land a spot in the main team of Eibar, he could be tempted on making a move away from the Spanish club where his chances of landing a role in the first squad is possible to be bigger and better than what it currently is.
Wout Weghorst is another one of the potential targets of Celtic’s Ronny Deila. Weghorst is currently performing for Heracles and at the young age of 23, he has already attracted the attention of other clubs including Cardiff City. (more…)
Wolverhampton collected their first 3 points of the season after defeating Blackburn Rovers but Kenny Jackett was not fully convinced by the performances of his players as the manager said that his team still has a lot of other areas where they need to improve on.
Kenny Jackett voiced his thoughts after the victory of Wolverhampton as he said: “To come away to Blackburn and get three points is great but we also feel there is more to come. We had some very good spells of possession and a threat up front’’
“But there were other times when balls into their front man we didn’t follow in and they were turning and shooting too easily with the shooting power they have got. We were disappointed with that and could have done better with those situations defensively’’
Jackett wants to base the playing style of his team around having sufficient possession as this allows the players enough time on the ball for them to play freely and ultimately score goals which is the eventual objective.
Wolverhampton Wanderers snatched the 7th spot of the English Championship League in the previous season but they are now one of the favorites of securing a top position and being promoted to the Premier League. Kenny Jackett is well aware of all the expectations and pressure that he and his team have to cope with this time around but the English manager is certain that they will be able to live up to all the hype and deliver in the big stage. (more…)