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”

Rodgers proud of players

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”

CELTIC MANAGER GIVES UP CHRISTMAS DAY

Brendan Rodgers has revealed he plans to sacrifice his rare Christmas Day off to spend his time with those less privileged.


The Celtic manager plans to travel back home after lending a hand at the Northern Ireland Hospice, where he is an ambassador.

“We have a lot of games this month and after Hamilton on Christmas Eve, I’ll travel back to Northern Ireland after the game.

“Then on Christmas Day I’ll spend time with the Northern Ireland Hospice as I’m an ambassador there,” the former Reds boss said.

He would spend Christmas morning with the families and the children of those who are terminally ill, after which he will proceed to have Christmas dinner with his family. He would then fly back first thing on Boxing Day morning.

Rodgers attributed his charitable nature to his upbringing and also from the fact he has been a victim of family tragedy with the lost of both his father and mother at tender ages. Continue reading “CELTIC MANAGER GIVES UP CHRISTMAS DAY”

Brendan Rodgers is delighted by Celtic’s draw against City

On September 28, Celtic received Manchester City at the Celtic Park as both clubs had to face off for a Champions League and this match concluded with each side scoring 3 goals as the scoreboard displayed 3-3 at the end of it all.


This match was one of the most exciting Champions League games in recent times as plenty of goals were scored and there was not any club that had the clear upper hand.

After everything was said and done, both teams had to settle with snatching 1 point each out of this game and even though Celtic FC needed a victory in order for them to begin their march for a higher spot in Group C of the Champions League which consists of: Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic.

This draw was still a fairly positive result for Celtic as they managed to hold their ground against one of the favorites of their group and Brendan Rodgers had a few things to say after the match was over as the 43 year old Northern Irish manager said:

“I can’t criticize the team, but there are always elements we can be better in. We were brilliant, the pressing and the energy. Every time we went forward we looked like we could score.Apart from the Barcelona game these players have been operating at a high level this season. Now, to do it against that team, it was a magnificent performance. Continue reading “Brendan Rodgers is delighted by Celtic’s draw against City”

CELTIC YOUNGSTER TARGET LEAGUE CUP GLORY

Scottish giant Celtic lost out twice to Ross County and Rangers in the semi final of the League Cup.


Kieran Tierney, who won the Young Player of the Year award last term, says that his target this year is to go all the way in the League Cup with the club.

Tierney was outstanding last season. He played in more than 30 games for the club, enjoying his breakthrough season. The League Cup miss was a huge miss in his story. Celtic take on Alloa Athletic in the game before a semi final of the domestic cup on Wednesday, and Tierney wants the club to make up for past losses.

“We want to win a cup. It comes quickly so if we win this we are in the semi final stage. We just want to get out and do the job. There were a few lows in Europe last year and the semi finals weren’t great. But it was an experience for me because I had never played in either,” the youngster started out. He went on to add that he felt horrible when they were defeated in the semi final, and that he never wants “to feel like that again.” Continue reading “CELTIC YOUNGSTER TARGET LEAGUE CUP GLORY”

Brendan Rodgers: Celtic Need to Rely on Home Support in the Champions League

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.
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LUIZ SUAREZ: KOLO TOURE WILL DO WELL IN CELTIC

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.
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Callum McGregor expects to make it for Celtic soon

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. Continue reading “Callum McGregor expects to make it for Celtic soon”

Kenny Jackett is expecting to see much more from Wolverhampton

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. Continue reading “Kenny Jackett is expecting to see much more from Wolverhampton”

Celtic losses made them dropped in Table

Celtic suffered a setback in the league title race after being overtaken by Aberdeen just before New Year’s Day.

Ronny Deila’s team failed to get a victory against Ross County at home, while they watched Aberdeen secure a 2-0 victory over St Johnstone. Even though Aberdeen have played a game more than Celtic, this is seen as a major psychological advantage for the table leaders.Deila, though, has pointed to the statistics to say that Celtic have been the superior team in the Scottish Premier League this season. Celtic have been far more entertaining than Aberdeen.

While they have managed to score 34 goals from the 18 matches, Aberdeen have scored only 29 from one more additional match. Celtic have also the better defensive record of the two with just 12 goals conceded from these matches. Deila is under no illusion that Celtic will regain the top spot when they win the match against Partick Thistle. This match was scheduled to take place on New Year’s Day, but it has now been postponed. As a result of this, the Scottish Premier League has just witnessed a seachange with neither Celtic nor Rangers being top of the table for the first time in 22 years.

“So far we have been the best team in this league. We have scored most and conceded fewest.If we win our game in hand we will be two points ahead. We know what we have been doing is the best in the league but we have to keep progressing.It is still in our hands, if we win all our games we’ll be league winners.It is early though to start talking about it. There are 19 games left, 20 for us, so we’ll see how things are when there’s one month left,” said the Celtic boss.