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28
Apr 17

Moussa Dembele rejected offers top Premier League clubs

MoussaDembele has recently been making waves as the 20 year old French forward is the top goal-scorer of Celtic FC after scoring 17 goals in 27 league matches.


He signed with Celtic FC back on June of 2016 and so far has been one of the most impressive players not only in Celtic FC but also in Scotland.

Celtic FC were fairly lucky when they signed Dembele as there were a few top English Premier League clubs that were attempting to secure the services of the French player but failed to do so.

Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham United and Chelsea have all showed interest in signing MoussaDembele but it’s believed that the 20 year old rising star has rejected offers from many of those clubs and decided to sign and keep on performing with Celtic FC for the simple fact that his chances of performing in the first team of the Scottish club are much higher in comparison to the other clubs.

During the upcoming summer transfer window, even more clubs are expected to enter the race of signing MoussaDembele as Juventus and Real Madrid are believed to be the latest clubs interested in securing the services of the young star who is running rampant in Scotland.

Brendan Rodgers is hoping that MoussaDembele will decide to stay with Celtic FC for a few more seasons but it might be a difficult task for the Scottish club to keep hold of Dembele as there are so many interested clubs that huge offers are probably going to be launched towards the young player in attempt to lure him away from Celtic FC.

 


9
Feb 17

Celtic wants to make record

Celtic are looking to equal a 50-year old record for the longest unbeaten run.


To achieve this, they will need to avoid defeat for another match. This is why their next game against St Johnstone might prove to be crucial for them.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said that he had not paid any particular attention to this record and that he is more focused on winning games. He admitted that it would be a great joy for him to help the current Celtic team emulate a team that has brought so much pride in the past.

He said that St Johnstone will be a tough game and that they will need to be at their best if they want to get a result from the game. He said that St Johnstone has some good players and that they have had some great results in the league so far. Continue reading →


20
Dec 16

RODGERS AVOIDS GERRARD LINK

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers keeps avoiding the link to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.


There have been speculations that Gerrard would move to Celtic after the midfielder confirmed that he would exit Los Angeles Galaxy after his current deal. Rodgers and Gerrard worked together for three years at Anfield. As a return to Liverpool is not on the table, the next natural link was rejoining Rodgers if the player did not want to hang up his boots just yet.

Aside Celtic, bookies say Newcastle also stand a chance of luring the ex Three Lions player as they fight for a promotion to top flight English football.

“I never speculate or speak about players coming into the club. I never have done and don’t intend to start now – that will always remain private. The only thing I would say with regards to Steven, has been an incredible player. I had him for a number of years at Liverpool and he was absolutely brilliant with me,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers spoke of the warm reception when he took over at the Merseyside. He refused to comment if Gerrard would move to the Scottish Premier League. Continue reading →


18
Nov 16

Celtic has improved

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that the club has improved under him and that they will become better.


He said that this was shown in the manner they beat Rangers and believe that the club is going from strength to strength.

Brendan Rodgers said that the performance against Rangers showed that the club is progressing well and that fans should expect a good season.

He stated that even if the score was less than the emphatic 5-1 he believes that Celtic played better in the match. He said that they have better control of the game and that they created more occasions than in the first match.

Brendan Rodgers stated that he has seen his side progressed well since his arrival and believed that Celtic is on the rise. He stated that fans are already seeing the difference and he believes that there is still more to come.

He believes that the progression is also seen in the way Celtic is performing in the Champions League and believes that the club has a chance of going to the next round. He said that his players are following his instructions well and that they are making good progress in the training grounds. Continue reading →


22
Sep 16

RODGERS WANTS REDS’ ANDRE WISDOM

Former Liverpool coach seems not to be over the club as he is set to raid Anfield for Andre Wisdom, reports say. Coach Brendan Rodgers wants to make another addition to Celtic side before the end of the summer transfer window.


Rodgers granted Wisdom his first debut immediately he took over back in 2012. In his debut campaign, Wisdom made 19 appearances, but his fortunes has quickly changed since then. He has been at Derby County, West Brom, and Norwich City so far. Rodgers wants to come to his rescue before the transfer deadline closes on Wednesday.

Rodgers signed Kolo Toure back in July after he was released by coach Jurgen Klopp who felt he was excess to his requirements for the season. Liverpool Echo reports that Rodgers is keen on making Wisdom the second person he’s poached from Anfield by Wednesday. The report hints that Klopp would be willing to let the player go outrightly for the right price as he is not believed to be in his plans this season.
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19
Aug 16

CELTIC DEFENDER SIMUNOVIC LINKED WITH ANOTHER CLUB

Scottish champions Celtic FC are about to lose their defender Jozo Simunovic as the player has been linked heavily with a move to Italian side Torino.

Simunovic joined from Russian side Dinamo Zagreb but suffered a injury plagued debut season since joining the Hoops. The player is reported to be interested in the move to move to the Seria A. He is still sidelined with a knee injury but the Italian side want the Croatia international, according to Italian journalist Gainluca di Marzio.

The 22-year old player hasn’t featured for the club since January. Torino want the defender to replace Nikola Maksimovic who is on his way to Napoli for £20million. The deal has been on hold as English Premier League side Chelsea are hoping to seal a move for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Simunovic played just 18 games in his premier season in Glasgow but hasn’t featured since January.

Former Liverpool boss who now heads Celtic, Brendan Rodgers brought Kolo Toure from Liverpool to take charge of the defence alongside full-back Mikael Lustig who has been in action with youngster Eoghan O’Connell. Injured players Erik Sviatchencko and Dedryck Boyata are set to make a return to action, paving wave for the deal for Simunovic.
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28
Jul 16

PRINCIPALITY STADIUM TO HOST WALES SEMI FINAL MATCH

The Principality Stadium is set to show the game between Wales and Portugal in the semi final of the Euro 2016 ongoing in France.

In 2011, the stadium opened its doors to fans when the Welsh rugby team played France in the semi final of the World Cup.

The Cardiff Euro 2016 fanzone has also been moved to the stadium for the semi final clash with the Portuguese side on Wednesday. Welsh fans will be able to see the game for free at the stadium as the Welsh Rugby Union joined with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) and Cardiff Council. The game will take over from Cooper’s field as the location for the fanzone for increased capacity so fans can watch the biggest game in the history of the country’s football.

A 100ft screen will be installed alongside the already existing two screens at the venue. The game comes five years after the one in which Wales played France. The game is set to be played in Lyon in France. The Swansea Council also announced that they would host fans in a 20,000 capacity fanzone at Singleton Park.
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10
May 16

CELTIC GET BIGGEST EVER JERSEY DEAL IN SCOTTISH HISTORY

Scottish football outfit, Celtic, announced the biggest shirt deal in the history of Scotland when they announced the further strengthening of their existing partnership with leading company Dafabet, a leading global betting brand, as the company was named a new Main Club Sponsor.

Both parties agreed to a new four-year agreement where the company will be featured on the front of the club’s shirts from the beginning of season 2016/2017. Dafabet already has a great relationship with the Club, having entered into a five-year partnership last season by becoming Celtic’s International Betting Partner but according to the Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship at the company, they are advancing.


John Cruces said:

“A year ago I said that no matter where in the world you are, you see Celtic shirts such is their tremendous support and fan following. We’re talking about one of the most iconic and recognised shirts in football.

“Now to have Dafabet at the heart of Celtic sponsorship is a milestone event and a very proud moment for us. Having already formed a strong partnership with the club we can only go from strength to strength over the next four years.

The club’s Chief Executive Peter Lawwell commented on the deal. He said:

“We are delighted to make this announcement, which is fantastic news for the Club and our supporters and ensures a positive, long-term and high-value partnership for the future. Continue reading →


28
Apr 16

Cardiff City experience records crowd for game against Derby

Record crowd turns out for the Cardiff game against Derby as the club reaps the benefits of their latest promotion to bring back their fans to the stadium. This crowd overtakes even the one that was present at Cardiff for the visit of Liverpool in the Premier Leauge in 2014. And the best news is that this is almost 13000 fans more than the last game against Ipswich.

Recently, Cardiff has been offering free tickets to fans that would sign up for a season ticket, and these promotion tactics has brought its reward with a staggering crowd present for the game. The atmosphere inside the stadium was electric and indeed with Cardiff pushing to get a place in the play-off, the fans are beginning to feel that this season could end in style.

This was different from the past home games where the atmosphere was dull and the fans really passive. This has prompted the club to conduct various community events as well as giving out free tickets to boost the attendance at the matches and also improve the atmosphere within the stadium. Continue reading →


28
Jan 16

Celtic’s Ronny Deila is hoping that history repeats itself

The Scottish club Celtic FC forms part of an exclusive group of teams that have managed to collect the treble which is an incredibly difficult thing to accomplish and it’s why only a few clubs have sealed this accomplishment of winning 3 big pieces of silverware in the same season.

Ronny Deilawants to mark his name in the history-books of Celtic FC and the way that he is hoping to accomplish this task is by lifting the treble. One of Celtic’s latest results saw them playing against Stranraer and claiming a 3-0 triumph.

The last time that Celtic FC secured the treble, they had also defeated Stranrarer in that same season and Ronny Deila is hoping that history will repeat as the Norwegian manager wants to see his team making a memorable year which can indeed occur but only if they win all their upcoming competitions.

Celtic’s Ronny Deila spoke about his desire to ensure the treble as he told the media: “Yes, I actually am quite superstitious. I have my things that I do but I won’t tell you what they are!

“Someone told me before the game that the last time Celtic won a Treble they had a victory over Stranraer and so I hope it is a good sign for us. I hope so. We have our goals and they are high goals and we know how tough it is because so few teams have done it but that will not stop us from aiming for a Treble. We are still in it and we will fight for every game and then see where we are. For me, I just want to find a way to the final. Continue reading →