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…)
Celtic’s new signing Dedryck Boyata says that he has moved to the Scottish club in order to play regularly in the Champions League.
After managing to win yet another Scottish Premier League title, Celtic will be playing in the European competition in which they have suffered several disappointments over the last decade. Manager Ronny Deila’s priority for the upcoming season will be to do well in Europe and one of the ways he plans to do this is by using players likeBoyata. The Manchester City youth team product has a lot of experience of working with players who deal with two matches every week.
Even though he made only a handful of appearances for City since his debut in 2009, the 24-year-old has amassed enough experience by just training with players like Sergio Aguero and Yaya Touré. Celtic will be paying just £ 1.5 million in transfer fees, but it could rise to £ 2 million depending upon the success of the defender. Even if Celtic do not reach the knockout stages of the Champions League, it is almost certain that they will be part of the Europa league even in the worst case scenario. This is exactly whatBoyata needs at the moment and he is extremely happy to be part of a title winning team. (more…)