Fans of Scottish Premiership side Celtic were caught on camera singing chants about slain soldier Lee Rigby.
Rigby was beheaded by two Daesh supporters back in 2013 so the pro-Irish fans sang in support of the IRA.
Many condemned the sick songs when the clips made the rounds online ahead of the pre-season game against Sunderland. Celtic won the friendly 5-0 but the game was marred by fighting among the fans. The fans who are believed to have been drunk sang the song, alluding to his military job.
Rigby was a corporal, drumming and handling the machine gun in the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers. The 25-year old was murdered by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale in the streets of south east London. The killers claimed they were avenging Muslims. Subsequent report shows that M15 and M16 could have done better in handling the potential danger. Continue reading CELTIC CONDEMN RIGBY CHANTS
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is determined to improve the Celtic team and said that he is prepared to break the club’s transfer records if ever the right opportunity presents himself.
He believes that the club already has some good players but that they need to add quality over quantity this season.
Rodgers believes that Celtic has nothing to prove in the Scottish league and that they must now turn their objectives to Europe. He said that he wants to build a team that will allow them to compete with the best teams in Europe and for that, he will need to add quality players.
It is reported that the club might be interested in Manchester United player Adnan Januzaj. Rodgers has refused to comment on these rumors, but he might be the kind of player that Celtic needs in order to progress. Continue reading Rodgers to break transfer records
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 Celtic wants to make record
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 RODGERS AVOIDS GERRARD LINK
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 Celtic has improved
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.
Continue reading RODGERS WANTS REDS’ ANDRE WISDOM
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.
Continue reading CELTIC DEFENDER SIMUNOVIC LINKED WITH ANOTHER CLUB
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.
Continue reading PRINCIPALITY STADIUM TO HOST WALES SEMI FINAL MATCH
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 CELTIC GET BIGGEST EVER JERSEY DEAL IN SCOTTISH HISTORY
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 Celtic are close to securing a place in the UEFA Champions League