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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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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John Guidetti is a 22 years old Swedish forward who is currently playing on a loan deal with Celtic FC. His main club is Manchester City but there is no space left for him to play as a regular player in the Premier League club and this is why City has opted to loan out Guidetti on 4 occasions to 4 different teams. Having him loaned out to different leagues and clubs from around the world will allow him to gain playing time and experience.
The loan deal that Guidetti currently has with Celtic expires at the end of the current season but the coach of the Scottish club, Ronny Deila is hoping that he can sign Guidetti on a permanent contract.
Guidetti has scored 5 goals in 7 matches with Celtic and has been making a number of impressive performances so far and now Ronny Deila has expressed his intentions in changing the loan deal into something more permanent.
“You have to understand that your success is not all down to you, it’s also the environment, the club that suits you and makes the best out of you’’
“So far, we have done that with John and done that together with him. I think he can develop a lot; he can reach a lot of his goals here. Here, he gets the trust he needs and he produces. He is enjoying every day. If we keep getting good results, more people will come to the stadium and he’ll play in bigger games.
“John Guidetti will be even better. We will do everything we can in our club to make him happy so he wants to stay.” Celtic’s Ronny Deila said.
If Ronny Deila can indeed convince Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegrini on releasing John Guidetti to Celtic, it would benefit all the parties involved. Guidetti’s chances of turning into a regular and consistent player are practically guaranteed if he moves to Celtic. Manchester City has a star studded team with world class players and it’s highly unlikely that Guidetti would have a secured spot in the squad anytime soon.
Manchester City can receive a cash injection that would help the squad in reinforcing some of the biggest weaknesses by signing new players and if a deal is agreed then Celtic could secure one of the most promising young figures in the world of football.