BT Sport pundit urges Scott Allan to move on from Celtic

BT Sport pundit Alan Stubbs has suggested that Scott Allan should consider a fresh challenge away from Celtic after being deemed surplus to requirements under Brendan Rodgers despite the current injury crisis. Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor were preferred in the centre of the park for the recent 5-0 win at Dundee, though Allan was probably the most natural of the replacements available.

Speaking on BT Sport, Stubbs said: “He needs to be playing, wherever that is, whether it’s at Celtic or out somewhere else. It’s not doing him any favours being there, especially with the way that the loan window is now. It is every six months and you’ve got to be out. It’s not doing Brendan any favours. He’s too good. I’m surprised he hasn’t gone out.”
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Brendan Rodgers rules himself out from Aston Villa job

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated that he is content with the Scottish champions amid the recent speculation linking him with the Aston Villa job. The former Liverpool boss has been recently tipped to head to Villa Park after Steve Bruce was axed from the head coach position following a run of nine winless matches in the Championship.

Speaking to reporters, Rodgers indicated that the Villains are a top team who should be plying their trade in the Premier League but he does not have any plans of parting ways with the Hoops for the moment, he said: “I’m the Celtic manager and I love it and have lots of challenges here. There is always speculation around lots of names.
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Brendan Rodgers confirms contract talks with club-captain

Celtic head coach Brendan Rodgers has confirmedthat talks are already underway with captain Scott with regards to a new contract extension with the club. The 33-year-old has made over 475 appearances for the Hoops over the past 12 years but his future has been called into question of late with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

However, speaking ahead of the St Mirren game, Rodgers appeared to sway away any fears of Brown leaving the Hoops by indicating that the midfielder himself is open to the extension, he said: “Scott has made it clear he wants to be here and I am sure there will be a deal done pretty soon on that. He is quite relaxed about it. He knows what we think of him here at the club so hopefully that will be done.”
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Scott Brown fancies Rangers challenge for the league title

Celtic captain Scott Brown believes the Hoops are likely to face a strong challenge from Rangers for the league title this term. The Hoops have dominated the Scottish top-flight over the years and under Brendan Rodgers, they have gone on to win every domestic titles up for grabs in the past two seasons.

Despite this, Brown is not taking things for granted and he expects a challenge from Rangers among others next season, he said: “There will be a lot of challenges this season. Aberdeen will be up there, Hibs will be there, Rangers will be there, and Hearts have brought in a lot of players too. We’ll see what happens, and we need to deal with the challenge, starting with the first game against Livingston. Will Rangers be stronger? We will see what happens, we play them very early on.”
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CELTIC TO SEAL VICTORY OVER ROSENBORG

Scottish side Celtic are hoping to seal their victory over Norwegian side Rosenborg in the second leg of Champions League qualifying. The skipper Scott Brown has said he hopes the team takes advantage of their opponent’s desire for goals to hurt them when they met on Wednesday in Trondheim.

With Celtic ahead 3-1 from the first leg, Rosenborg would be desperate to get the goals in so they can stand a chance of upsetting their rivals. The 32-year old Brown said he knows they have to come out and get two goals on time so Celtic would be hoping to take advantage of openings.
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Rangers Beat Aberdeen 2-0

Rangers defeated their opponents Aberdeen 2-0 in their first game after the winter break. They deservedly defeated their rivals and have now overtaken Dons in the Scottish Premiership log. With the victory, the Gers are now in the second spot.

The Graeme Murty led side started the game strongly from the onset. They passed the ball around and got comfortable. Jamie Murphy then setup Josh Windass for the first chance of the game but the 20-yards out shot didn’t net. He soon got another chance after combining with Dons. Continue reading “Rangers Beat Aberdeen 2-0”

PAUL LAMBERT: DEMOTING RANGERS WAS “WRONG”

Former Celtic star Paul Lambert has said that decision to demote Rangers was wrong. He criticized the move to down Rangers to the four tier in 2012, saying the Scottish clubs did not think of the repercussions to the game and the international team.

The oldco Rangers had liquidation issues so the clubs voted that they start out in the old Division Three. The Ibrox based side had to reapply to join the Scottish Premier League after battling through the leagues for four years.
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Rodgers optimistic after losing to Bayern Munich

When it comes to winning domestic league titles, Celtic Football Club has been a very dominating force at national level after having won the Scottish Premiership title in successive seasons for the past 7 years. With Rangers demoted to the Third Division because of financial regularities, it hasn’t been difficult for Celtic to keep up their title challenge year after year.

There is no doubt whatsoever that Celtic FC is the club to beat in Scotland. The Scottish Premiership silverware is the top football that there is to win in that specific country and in some seasons it seems like Celtic FC are winning it without much difficulty but it’s a different story in terms of winning top pieces of silverware from all over Europe. Continue reading “Rodgers optimistic after losing to Bayern Munich”

Brendan Rodgers Liverpool’s dream was not fulfilled

The UEFA Champions League group stages draw took place on August 24 with 32 teams being pitted in 8 groups where they have to face off against each other in order to have a chance to reach the next stages of the European competition.


Celtic’s Brendan Rodgers was hoping that his team was going to be placed in the same group as his former club Liverpool but unfortunately for the 44 year old manager, his wish of having to play against the English club for the group stages, it did not occur as Liverpool was placed in a different group.

Liverpool was placed in group E along with: Sevilla, NK Maribor and Spartak Moscow while Celtic on the other hand was drawn in the very difficult group B which consists of: PSG, Bayern Munich and Anderlecht. Continue reading “Brendan Rodgers Liverpool’s dream was not fulfilled”

RODGERS HAIL UCL PLAYOFF QUALIFICATION

Brendan Rodgers is excited that his Scottish top flight champions’ side qualified for the Champions League playoff stage after seeing off Rosenborg. James Forrest handed them the required points with his stunner in the 69th minute.


Celtic were not at their best in the first leg at home. They were not still at their best away but they were more spirited than their hosts, getting the decisive goal late in the second half. The Scotland international went agonizingly close earlier in the game before he finally got his sole goal to hand Celtic a 1-0 aggregate win.

Rodgers praised the performance of the team despite the limitations ahead of the duel.

“It was a big performance. Take away the win, what was important for me was the maturity. This time last year I was going into these games with a hope that we could go through, to try to find a way.

“To come out here and play to that level with that composure – everyone was talking about the pressure of the game so to play that way was sensational, really,” the former Reds boss said. Continue reading “RODGERS HAIL UCL PLAYOFF QUALIFICATION”