Belgium international Dedryck Boyata has said that he did not go on strike to force through an exit from Celtic last summer. The centre-back spent four years with the Scottish champions but he left them on a free transfer at the end of last season after opting against signing a new contract with the club.
Boyata has since signed for Hertha in the Bundesliga and he has now clarified that he wanted a fresh challenge away from the Hoops. Speaking to Record Sport, he told: “It’s not true, I was accused of strikes last summer so I could move. I also played through the season, was in the Scottish team of the year and played my part in the title. The truth is, I’ve won everything at Celtic in four years. But it was time to start something new.”
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The lack of competition within Scottish football is harming Celtic. And it’s time to talk about it.
In a league of one
A ninth successive league crown this season will see Celtic equal the record set by themselves in 1944 and Rangers in 1997. Achieving such consistency over a sustained period is a remarkable feat in itself. Continue reading “Time for Celtic to wave goodbye to Scottish football?”
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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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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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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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 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”
Aberdeen midfielder Jonny Hayes has agreed to join Celtic on a five-year deal.
This will be a big disappointment for Cardiff City’s manager Warnock as he was hoping to bring the player to the club.
Hayes said that he is happy to have joined a club such as Celtic and that he is looking forward to playing under his old manager Brendan Rodgers. Indeed the former Liverpool manager coached the player while they were at Reading.
Neil Warnock was another manager that was interested in the club, and he was desperate to bring Hayes to the Championship. He made two attempts to sign the players last season, but unfortunately for him, Aberdeen has rejected both. He made another attempt this year as well, and again the club refused to let him approach the player.
Jonny Hayes said that he is looking forward to meeting his new teammates and to play for his new club. He stated that Celtic is a big club and that he is excited to participate in the Champions League with them. He said that he might need some time before getting acquainted with his new surroundings. Continue reading “Hayes agree to join Celtic”
Brendan Rodgers is charging Celtic FC to their 6th successive Scottish Premiership title and might even be able to do it without losing a single league match as Celtic FC has only drawn 2 matches and won 27 of their 29 opening games of the season.
Celtic FC has been dominating the Scottish Premiership for the past few years and continues to do so. The Scottish club has recently experienced a change in their staff as Lee Congerton was appointed as their new head of recruitment.
Lee Congertonhas worked with a number of football clubs including: Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion, Hamburg and Chelsea. Congerton has served different roles in all of these clubs as the Welshman has had to work as a coach for the youth team of Chelsea, while in Hamburg he served as the Technical Director.
Celtic FC confirmed the addition of Lee Congerton as their new staff member as the Scottish club released a statement which stated:
‘’Lee will have responsibility for the management of the club’s player recruitment function and our scouting operation, including our international scouting network.” Continue reading “Celtic FC has appointed a new head chief of recruitment”
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said that he is proud of his players after they equaled a record for being unbeaten. This is a record that is held by the legendary Lisbon Lion in 1967.
Brendan Rodgers said that this is a proof that the side is improving and that they have managed to equal a record that is so hard to achieve. He stated that he is so proud of his players and that they have worked hard to achieve this.
He said that the record shows the character that the players have and also the desire to win games. He said that the match against St Johnstone was not easy and that they had to fight for every ball in order to win the game.
Rodgers said that the Lisbon Lion are a legendary team and that they have achieved a lot at Celtic. He said that equaling a record set by this team is a major achievement and that each player should be proud of themselves. Continue reading “Rodgers proud of players”