Celtic boss Neil Lennon praised his team after claiming a crucial victory over Dundee. Odsonne Edouard came up with a goal in the 96th minute of the match to beat Dundee and open up a 10-point advantage at the top of the SPL for Celtic. Lennon was extremely pleased with the victory as it took full advantage of the Rangers dropping points at home against Kilmarnock. There was expectation from Celtic about a comfortable victory in this match since Dundee have been struggling at the bottom end of the table for most of the season. The opponents were just one point ahead of the bottom coming into the match.
However, they put in a resolute defensive display and Celtic’s mediocre away form so far this season also started to rear the ugly head. Just when it seemed that Celtic were about to drop points for an eighth away match,Edouard was able to come up with this crucial goal. James Forrest was influential in helpingEdouard get this going after playing a one-two in a tight spot. After the game, Lennon claimed that patience from the team was a key factor in getting this victory. Hearts and Kilmarnock were also defeated by Celtic in similar fashion, and Lennon is very happy to see the team going with belief until the final whistle.
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Former Celtic manager Ronny Deila believes Brendan Rodgers should have stuck with Celtic rather than pursue the challenge with Leicester City. The Northern Irishman has won the treble with the Hoops in the past two seasons and he was on course to replicate the same this term before making the surprise switch to the east Midlands.
Speaking on the Celts Are Here website, Deila admitted that the departure was disappointing for the Celtic point of view, given Rodgers had done a tremendous job by guiding the team to every domestic accolade within grasp. He added that the former Liverpool boss could have done better than the Foxes and perhaps waited for an elite club from the Premier League.
“I’m very sad for Celtic because he did an unbelievably good job. It’s important to have consistency at the club – especially Celtic who are going for ten in a row,” said Deila, who is now managing Valerenga in Norway. “I think he’s so good he could have managed a top four or five club down south straight from Celtic and not went to Leicester. I was surprised.”
With the departure of Rodgers, Celtic were quick to announce Neil Lennon as the interim boss for the campaign and they have since secured back-to-back triumphs over Hearts and Hibernian. As such, they are on course to secure the Scottish Premiership title for the eighth league title on the bounce with a six-point advantage over second-placed Rangers with 10 games remaining.
Elsewhere, Rodgers did not enjoy the best of beginnings with Leicester after they suffered a late 2-1 defeat against Watford on the road. For the current weekend, the Foxes are scheduled to entertain Fulham at the King Power Stadium and the match could offer Rodgers with a maiden triumph at the club, given the Cottagers’ poor defensive record over the course of the campaign.
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has stressed that he is clearly content with the proceedings at Parkhead and he is not thinking about a bigger challenge elsewhere. The Northern Irishman has been linked with a number of high-profile vacancies over the past 12 months and his future has once again come under question after Leicester City recently sacked Claude Puel from the helm.
Speaking to BBC Scotland, Rodgers was asked whether he would consider an approach from the Premier League champions but his response was in the negative while insisting that he has no plans of leaving the Glasgow giants anytime soon, he said: “My job is to concentrate on the football aspect, and that is with Celtic. I’ve been stood here for two and a half years and I’ve been asked similar questions, my message is always very, very clear, I’m very concentrated on the game.”
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Celtic’s winter signing Timothy Weah has expressed his pleasure after contributing towards the club’s triumph over St Johnstone over the weekend. The Hoops were left frustrated for most part of the game before Weah made the difference with a goal and an assist in the final 15 minutes where he came off the bench.
Speaking after the game, the Paris Saint-Germain loanee was pleased with the contribution despite coming on during the final stages of the game. He added that he has no concerns being a back-up option off the bench and he is keen to garner as much experience as possible at the early phase of his professional career.
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Scottish forward Oliver Burke has revealed his pleasure after sealing a short-term loan move to Celtic where he is hoping to become a better player under Brendan Rodgers’ guidance. The 21-year-old has experienced a frustrating season with West Bromwich Albion where he has been restricted to just three substitute appearances but he has been given the opportunity to revive his career with the Hoops.
In an interview covered by Celtic’s website, Burke revealed that Rodgers had a huge influence on him making the switch to Parkhead during the transfer window. He added to praise the qualities of Rodgers while saying that he would like to become a better player under the tutelage of the former Liverpool boss.
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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed both the players and supporters after his team secured a 2-1 Europa League triumph over RB Leipzig in midweek. The Hoops had come into the game with just three points from their opening three group stage games but they managed to maintain their knockout prospects after clinching a rather surprise win over the Bundesliga heavyweights.
Speaking after the game, Rodgers described the victory as a ‘fantastic one’ given his team had previously struggled to overcome any elite European club under his management. He added to praise the atmosphere around Parkhead which pushed the team forward in their quest to secure maximum points.
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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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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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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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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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