Celtic are close to securing a place in the UEFA Champions League next season; doing so will now enable the club to earn more after UEFA confirmed that they will be offering increased prize money starting from next season. The increase will particularly be felt on Celtic qualify for the competition, as they will receive £ 9 million instead of the earlier £ 6.3 million. Winning a play-off match will now the club an additional £ 1.5 million, while every win in the group stage will provide a club with just over £ 1 million.
These funds could not have come at a much better time for the club, who are facing intense transfer rumours surrounding their star asset – Virgil van Dijk. The 23-year-old has become a transfer target for several Premier League clubs after scoring eight goals in eight Scottish league games. This is despite the fact that he is a defender. The Dutch youngsters is not expected to spend a lot of time on Celtic based on this run of form, but manager Ronny Deila reckons that the added money from UEFA may actually help the club keep the player. After having qualified for the Champions League for four seasons in a row, Celtic are confident of making it five. Continue reading →
Ronny Deila did not establish a healthy or fruitful relationship with the supporters of Celtic as he was selected as the coach of the Scottish club back in June of 2014 and a few weeks later, the club failed to defeat Maribor in the final qualifier that would allow them on qualifying into the Champions League but Celtic ultimately lost against Maribor and they were dropped down to the Europa League.
Fortunately for Ronny Deila, things have been turning around for the better of Celtic as they are currently located at the top of the Scottish League and are playing much more convincingly than some time ago.
Back in September of 2014, one of the League matches of Celtic was against Motherwell which is a team that has almost always been struggling just to avoid the bottom relegation zone and Celtic was expected to seal a fairly simple victory but it did not happen as the final scoreboard was displaying 1-1 with the only goal of Celtic arriving from a penalty kick that was scored by Kris Commons. Continue reading →
The Scottish club Celtic FC is experiencing a campaign with superb results in the Scottish Premiership League as they are at the top after having collected a total of 35 points from the 15 league matches which have been played and has only conceded 9 goals.
It’s a slightly different story when you see their results and their position in the UEFA Europa League as Celtic FC has booked their spot into the last 32 teams that are remaining in the European competition but it has not been an easy ride as the Scottish club conceded 11 goals in 6 matches. It’s an underwhelming track record when you compare it to how they are doing in the Scottish League but nonetheless, the side of Ronny Deila still managed to qualify into the next stages of the UEFA Europa League along with the table-toppers Salzburg.
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The pressure surrounding Celtic manager Ronny Deila eased for the moment after his team managed a stunning 6-0 victory over Partick Thistle in the League Cup. This thrashing has put Celtic in the League Cup semi-final draw. Speaking about the eventuality of playing against one of the top teams from the country, Deila said that he and his Celtic team are ready for any opponent. The win over Partick Thistle was the fourth consecutive in all competitions. It has finally put Deila on the path of winning over the Celtic fans, who have been losing their patience in the last few weeks.
Celtic were expected to comfortably win the league title without much trouble especially in the absence of Rangers, but they are fourth in the table with just 20 points on board. Hamilton’s lead has been cut to 3 points in the last few matches. This has given Celtic real belief that they can go on and play in the Scottish Premier League once again. For the moment, attention turned towards the draw for the League Cup semifinals. After his failure to get the club into the Champions League group stages, Deila’s season will be judged upon the number of trophies that he lifts.
“For me it is about winning trophies and we are now two wins away from getting the first one. So I am looking forward to the semi-final, who we meet doesn’t bother me. We just have to win. What you remember when your career is finished is titles and that’s why I’m here – to win trophies and make sure Celtic is successful. To do that we have to meet whatever team is in front of us,” said Deila. Celtic could meet the likes of Aberdeen and Dundee United. Rangers are also in the draw for the semifinals.